“As a recent migrant, I saw a doctor from my own culture who told me that I couldn't have postnatal depression because it only affected Western women! I went to another GP who recognised my condition and was far more empathetic and understanding.”
Australia is culturally diverse; about 40% of the population is made up of people who have settled in Australia. So if you come from a different cultural background, or speak a different language, you are not alone.
Specialised support can help people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds stay healthy as well as get help with mental health issues. Many major mental health organisations have support workers who speak many languages. They also have translated mental health support information on a range of topics. Interpreter services are also available to help you talk with mental health professionals and support services.
Looking after yourself is vital for your overall mental health and wellbeing. This can include eating well, sleeping well, finding meaningful things to do, and connecting with your community.
If you are supporting or want to support a culturally and linguistically diverse person, this page will give you more information. You can also learn more about how to seek support, if you're not sure where to start.
A closer look
Mental health is cultural
Some new arrivals have had bad experiences
Specialised services may help address barriers
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.