Join PBS Utah and programming partner, Mental Healthy F.I.T., for an important discussion with refugee youth in Utah. Hear first-hand experiences from Salt Lake City’s newest neighbors and how mental health practices have become a welcome exploration as they make Utah their home.
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About the Host
Dawood Saleh is the author of Walking Alone and Yazidi Genocide Survivor. He is currently serving as an Ambassador for Global Peace Chain. He has worked closely with Yazidi genocide survivors, documenting stories of women and children who went through rape and torturing under ISIS.
About the Panelists
Mahmood Ahmad is from Afghanistan. His family came to the US in 2017. He is a student at SLCC in his first year and plans to pursue a career in computer science. He is passionate about film and sharing different stories.
Rock Douka Boulingui
Rock Douka Boulingui is from Congo. His family came to the US in 2012. He is attending post-high school with plans to attend SLCC after completion of the program. He cares about his family, friends, and is focused on helping others whenever he can.
Peter Frost, LCSW
Peter Frost, LCSW, is the Director of Youth and Family Services for the Refugee and Immigrant Center – Asian Association of Utah. Peter has been working in the mental health field as a therapist and program coordinator for 8 years. During his time with Asian Association of Utah Peter has had the chance to work on coalitions and committees designed to prevent future mental health issues in youth and adult populations while also providing more mental health education and services to refugee and immigrant populations.
Brian Higgins is a Transmedia Storyteller hailing from Northern Ireland. Incorporating film, stand up comedy, visual arts and events to create community through creative communication. Using aspects of film and creative expression, Higgins is the founder and creative director of Mental Healthy F.I.T. inspiring and motivating acceptance of mental health issues by making things better to help people.
Walaa Hmeida is from Syria. Her family came to the US in 2016. She is a student at SLCC in her second year and plans to pursue a career in psychology. She loves helping others to show and celebrate their uniqueness.
Aziza Hussein is originally from Kenya. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2018 majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Nutrition. Her ambition in life is nursing with an emphasis in gerontology. She is the 2nd Runner up – Miss Africa Utah 2020 with a focus on Mental Health as her platform.
The Well Beings Tour is a series of community-based outreach events hosted by local public media stations across the country to demystify and normalize mental health matters, address discrimination and stigma, and encourage compassion.