“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, with about 40% of the Australian population 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 multilingual support workers and translated mental health support information covering a range of topics. Interpreter services are also available to help you talk with mental health professionals and support services.
Looking after yourself, including eating well, sleeping well, finding meaningful things to do, and connecting with your community can help with your overall mental health and wellbeing.
The resources below have more information and advice. 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.