“Music is my solace. I play piano and sing. Music has definitely saved me.” – Chris
Humans are cultural beings. The first connections with culture are usually made within the family; they influence the way we see ourselves and what we think is important.
Your family and cultural background shape your attitudes about mental health and wellbeing: how you are taught to cope with conditions and situations, how you talk about them, who you talk about them to, and how you seek help for these difficulties. Your culture may also shape how you practise self-care, relax, and resolve conflicts.
Living in a community that rejects aspects of your culture - such as identity, beliefs, or sexual orientation - can have negative impacts on your wellbeing. If you live where the dominant culture is different to or lacks tolerance towards your own cultural heritage, or you have parents from differing cultural backgrounds, you may experience some conflict around your cultural identity.
Being disconnected from your cultural heritage can lead you to question who you really are and where you belong. This in turn may cause you to feel lost and isolated; which can affect your mental health, or social and emotional wellbeing.
Connecting with culture can have a positive impact on your sense of belonging and identity and in turn, on your mental health and overall wellbeing. Read more about looking after your wellbeing on our meaningful life pages.