“Growing up in Papua New Guinea, we weren't brought up to talk about our feelings or anything like that. What I went through wouldn’t be considered a mental illness over there.” – Nicole

Overview

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people are people from other cultures, or people who speak another language. According to Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA), “CALD backgrounds refer to those from Australia’s non-Indigenous cultural groups other than the English-speaking Anglo-Celtic majority.”

All cultures have their own values, beliefs, and accepted ways they interact. It's important to consider these when you are supporting someone from another culture. Some of these cultural differences, or barriers with language, could be contributing to a person's distress, confusion, or reluctance to get support. Further to this, the way that support is delivered needs to fit with their culture.

As Australia’s population continues to become more multicultural, it is becoming more important than ever before to be accepting of each other and make people feel respected and valued. This is as true for mental health services as it is for the general community.

If you want to support someone else and don't know where to start, take a look at our page on support for carers. If you are from a CALD background and want to know more about looking after your wellbeing, we have information on supporting yourself. We also have tailored resources below to help you get started.

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