Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Youth Mental Health Education Programs
While depression can affect people of any background, CALD youth (people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds) face unique circumstances that can impact on their mental health. Factors include cultural differences, feeling torn between cultures, communication difficulties, PTSD, racial discrimination, negative stereotypes and inter-generational conflicts (Reference).
How We Help
The Mind Blank team has worked in Western Sydney for many years and has been successful in adapting our program delivery to cater for young people from all walks of life.
Our team have also created a Cultural Creations program which is a 10x week workshop with young people that focuses on current mental health concerns of CALD young people. For this program, former refugee youth meet weekly and they develop their own script leading into a performance for an end of term showing. Such performances highlight the everyday teenage pressures experienced by our young people as well as the problems relating to the mental wellbeing of CALD youth.
If You Need Immediate Help
- Multicultural Mental Health Australia http://www.mhima.org.au/resources-and-information/looking-for-help-now
- Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors http://www.startts.org.au/
- Headspace http://headspace.org.au/