“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.

All cultures have their own values, beliefs, and accepted ways they interact. It's important to keep these things in mind when you are supporting someone from a CALD background. Cultural differences and language barriers can contribute to a person's distress, confusion, or reluctance to get support.

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

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