Life in direct provision can be quite stressful. You are now an official asylum seeker and the pressure to find food and shelter each day is removed.
Deeper and previously suppressed physical and mental issues can surface, it is important to be aware of them.
It is very important to keep both physically and mentally healthy.
You will be given a form to apply for a medical card that entitles you to free doctor services. The public health nurse on site will arrange a full check up for you and your family when you arrive and will also give general health advice.
The asylum seeking process can take a long time and you are prohibited from working during this time. It is important not to waste your time while waiting. Making contacts and friends in the local Irish community can be very worthwhile. In addition to making life more enjoyable they can help you with contacts and information.
Some suggestions are:
- Learn English or improve your existing English language skills
- Develop your computer skills
- Learn another language, other asylum seekers can teach you
- Take up a new sport
- Learn a new skill
- Volunteer your time with local community organisations