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Mental Health and Living Abroad: A Hopeful Immigration Story

January 21, 2023

For Dahlia Mostafa — an award-winning Egyptian-Canadian community leader and professional counselor at Canadian Life Transformation Academy — the key verb that she most resonates with is ‘educate’. Pursuing education and sharing her knowledge with others has always been a lifelong passion, and she spared no effort to educate herself and those around her. Dahlia was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2018 for her community counseling efforts and, more specifically, for her work in helping immigrants and refugees integrate in North America through her radio program ‘Sabah Al Dahlia’ (Good Morning Dahlia).  Most recently, she also received the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal, which is regarded as the highest honor for humanitarian work in Canada and around the world. Immigrants, particularly young immigrants, experience conflicting values more frequently and intensely. Conflicting values can result in feelings of rejection, an inaccurate perception of oneself and others, and in some situations, family conflict and weaker relationships. A number of studies have explored the relationship between cultural identity conflict and psychological well-being, which have shown that cultural identity conflict was linked with lower psychological well-being. While there are countless success stories…

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