A HEATHRIDGE resident will launch an Immigrant Business Network at Sixty27 this week.
Cema Santos wants to create a network, based at the North Metropolitan Tafe hub in Joondalup, for business owners and entrepreneurs who have moved to Australia.
My Mind Master director said the network initiative was part of her therapy business’s ‘Keep Moving Forward’ program, which she developed to emotionally support immigrants.
That program is open to all immigrants living in Joondalup and surrounding areas.
“When people migrate, they bring along their beliefs, experiences, expectations, hopes, values and their history,” Mrs Santos said.
“In their new city or country, the acculturation process can be easier for some; however, it seems to be very difficult for most immigrants.
“These conditions are created by many types of stressors such as involuntary migration, exposure to traumatic events while migrating, and discrimination, causing huge psychological distress through anxiety, depression, loss of confidence and other mental health problems.
“The Immigrant Business Network group aims to help immigrants to achieve greater success and prosperity in their businesses through innovation, creation, connection, education, support and integration.”
The March 1 launch starts at 6pm.
Register at https://tinyurl. com/hubtgc4.