Mental Health in Times of Relocation & Unemployment

A major life event such as relocation is exciting, but it can also come with many emotional challenges including but not limited to culture shock, isolation, homesickness, loneliness and anxiety. These, coupled with the inability to secure a job, or feel integrated via community or employment can lead to feelings of depression, shrinking or being trapped. Studies have found that many immigrants and expats are at risk of internalizing the challenges they face, which in turn leads to heightened anxiety, depression, lack of confidence and reduced self-esteem.

Based on our discussions and surveys of immigrants and/or internationals in Norway, we find that many have experienced a form of depression. And despite how widespread these challenges are, many people do not anticipate or have the tools to mitigate them.

So, with this event, we would like to address some of the structural, physical, psychological and emotional challenges we face (and let’s not forget about climatic challenges too!). Particularly, we seek to learn about available tools or resources we can activate to protect and defend our mental health. We are not alone in our struggles, and together, we hope to find a healthy and sustainable solution.

You will hear from a licensed Psychologist, as well as the stories of other internationals in Norway who have survived their challenges and are thriving professionally, socially and emotionally.



Katie Lee Barstad: Community Lead at WeWork Tjuvholmen.

Dr. Tyrone Partee: Counsellor; Senior Chaplain at Ila prison; and Board Member, Authentigration.

Sarah Przedpelska: Program Director, Catalysts Norway.

Rahwa Gebrekidan: Founder, Manifold.

Faraaz Ali: Coach, Author, and Communications Director at Founder’s Institute Oslo.

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This session will take place at WeWork. WeWork is a global workspace provider using thoughtful design and advanced technology to empower businesses of all sizes and industries.

Chisom Udeze

Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult, HerSpace & The Annual

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders. 

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.

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