Migrants and Books in other languages

The following is a list of recommended books and resources on mental health and wellbeing for migrants and books in different languages. The Location(s) available column shows where these books are available, eg, from your local Christchurch City Library (CCL) and/or from the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC).

Books can be reserved online and checked out by visiting CCL or MHERC. If a book is not available, a librarian may be able to suggest another book or place a hold on a book. To borrow or place a hold on a book, you must be a member of the library. MHERC can post books and other resources out to its users, including those living in rural areas, and will include a post-paid bag for returning books. Once read, books need to be returned to the library.

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Towards My Inner Han-gu-ghin: Mental health and Recovery

By S W Tor

Year: 2017

Mental health and Recovery presents the concept of mental health and recovery in New Zealand context. It has been written by a team of dedicated Sae Woom Tor members with the hope of proving a potent tool for guiding Korean individuals and communities in addressing the mental health needs. Towards My Inner Han-gu-ghin (Korean/Korean-ness): Mental health and Recovery connects a link between experiences of Korean New Zealanders and their mental health needs, with a strong emphasis on Korean cultural themes and perspectives. The booklet includes a step-by-step guide on how to get help from a range of mental health organisations, a brief introduction to major mental illnesses, different types of treatments/ interventions available and useful contact details to get help.





It’s not about the Burqa

By Mariam Khan

Year: 2019

In 2016, Mariam Khan read that David Cameron had linked the radicalization of Muslim men to the `traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women. Mariam felt pretty sure she didn’t know a single Muslim woman who would describe herself that way. Why was she hearing about Muslim women from people who were neither Muslim, nor female? Years later the state of the national discourse has deteriorated even further, and Muslim women’s voices are still pushed to the fringes; the figures leading the discussion are white and male. Taking one of the most politicized and misused words associated with Muslim women and Islamophobia, It’s Not About the Burqa is poised to change all that. Here are voices you won’t see represented in the national news headlines: seventeen Muslim women speaking frankly about the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, about feminism, queer identity, sex, and the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country. With a mix of British and international women writers, from activist Mona Eltahawy’s definition of a revolution to journalist and broadcaster Saima Mir telling the story of her experience of arranged marriage, from author Sufiya Ahmed on her Islamic feminist icon to playwright Afshan D’souza-Lodhi’s moving piece about her relationship with her hijab, these essays are funny, warm, sometimes sad, and often angry, and each of them is a passionate declaration calling time on the oppression, the lazy stereotyping, the misogyny and the Islamophobia. What does it mean, exactly, to be a Muslim woman in the West today? According to the media, it’s all about the burqa. Here’s what it’s really about.







Islamic Counselling: An Introduction to Theory and Practice

By Hussein Rassool

Year: 2016

Islamic counselling is a form of counselling which incorporates spirituality into the therapeutic process. Until now there has been little material available on the subject with no one agreed definition of Islamic counselling and what it involves. There has also been a rapidly growing population of Muslims in Western societies with a corresponding rise in need of psychological and counselling services. Islamic Counselling: An Introduction to theory and practice presents a basic understanding of Islamic counselling for counsellors and Islamic counsellors, and provides an understanding of counselling approaches congruent with Islamic beliefs and practices from a faith-based perspective. The book is designed as an introduction for counsellors, its goal is to inform the reader about how the diverse roles of the Islamic counsellor fit together in a comprehensive way and to provide the guidelines that can be potentially integrated into a theoretical framework for use. The book is divided into two parts. Section one: Context and Background, and Section two: Assessment, Models and Intervention Strategies. Islamic Counselling encompasses both current theory, research and an awareness of the practice implications in delivering appropriate and effective counselling interventions with Muslim clients. It will be essential reading for both professionals and students alike.




How to Sit Still Like a Frog: Xiang qing wa zuo ding

Year: 2014

Mindfulness for Children written in Chinese, includes CD




幸福的陷阱 : stop struggling, start living = The happiness trap – Xing fu de xian jing

By Russ Harris

Year: 2018

In Chinese. This book shows you how to apply ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) in your life to increase self-awareness, develop emotional intelligence, enhance relationships, create a sense of meaning and purpose, and transform painful thoughts and feelings so they have less impact in your life.





Walking With a Fragile Heart: Short Stores and Poems by Young Refugees in NZ

Published by Refugee Trauma Recovery

Year: 2013

Walking With A Fragile Heart is the third book published by Refugee Trauma Recovery. It has seven young people, all former refugees, sharing their stories not just about their journey to Aotearoa New Zealand, but also their experiences settling in NZ. A special and extra feature of the book is the addition of poems composed by the same writers.




My Home Now: Migrants and Refugees to New Zealand Tell Their Stories

By Gail Thomas

Year: 2005

These are compelling life-experiences from migrants and refugees who have made New Zealand their home. The stories are as diverse as the nationalities of those who talk about their lives … Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Islands and North and South America. Gripping, emotion-charged, tender, amusing, the stories make a great read. See through the eyes of people who have fled traumatic circumstances, or chosen to make a new life in a safe and beautiful country, New Zealand is shown in a new and heart-warming way.