Covid-19 has changed the way we all live and is adding enormous strain to many people's lives. New studies show that in many communities across Australia, some people are increasing their use of alcohol to cope with the negative effects of the pandemic.
For people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), uncertainty and worry about the future as well as the isolation of lockdown, can trigger bad memories and negative feelings from the past.
Mary's Story is a short radio play produced by the African Companions Local Drug Action Team, with the help of the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC). The play provides refugees and migrant families resettling in Australia ideas about healthy ways to manage alcohol use and stress. We see what happens when single mother Mary, who immigrated from a war-torn country in Africa and now lives in community NSW with her daughters and son, discovers that her son is using alcohol to cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary's Story is available in Dinka, Swahili, Arabic, French and English.