Emotional and Social Wellbeing
Over a quarter of a million first-generation adult Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are estimated to experience some form of mental disorder in a 12-month period, based on the findings of the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Suicide Prevention Australia, in their 2017 position paper on CALD communities, noted that generally suicide rates of migrant’s mirror those of their home countries.
A significant number of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds do not seek help for their mental health problem or are reluctant to do so. Often, they miss out on suicide prevention services because information is not available in community languages, or there is no culturally appropriate service available. They may also find it difficult to use mainstream services because of language and cultural barriers. They may be confused about how services operate, or simply be unaware of the range of services and supports that are available. The government funds a range of mental health services and programmes for people from CALD backgrounds.
Ignite Potential has received a grant from the government to Provide Mental Health support to migrants in the NT by applying cultural safety model while dealing with psycho-social issues of migrants, building therapeutic alliance and trust, making services inclusive and accessible, good quality interpreter services where available, developing participatory and collaborative partnerships with the migrant populations, achieving cultural competence etc. The service can be accessible through Telehealth model or face to face consultation which will leverage off existing Ignite potential resources of Mental health professionals. Referral, initial engagement, finding right resources, service delivery and follow up / handover will be the components of the project.
Please see below the referral form to access the service