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For the Community

How can QTMHC can help my cultural community?

  • By providing support  and training to key people such as community leaders.
  • By increasing the mental health awareness of members of the community via education programs.
  • By providing information about services available and how they can help.

How can QTMHC help my organisation?

By providing training for staff on multicultural mental health issues, specifically on:

  • reducing stigma relating to mental illness
  • the impact of migration and resettlement on mental health
  • mental health, mental illness and suicide.

What programs are available for my cultural community?

  • Building Resilience in Transcultural Australians – BRiTA Futures Program:
    • for upper primary school aged children
    • for adolescents
    • for adults and parents
  • Stepping Out of the Shadows: Reducing stigma in multicultural communities—stigma associated to mental illness and suicide.
  • Standard Mental Health First Aid 12-hour Course with a transcultural focus—helping an adult developing a mental health problem or having a crisis
  • Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person (4-hours) Course with a transcultural focus—suicide prevention.

How do I support someone who needs help in my cultural community?

If you have any concerns about yourself, family member or someone else in your community, you could do either of the following:

For very urgent concerns (if the person is deteriorating rapidly, is at risk of themselves or at risk of harming others):

  • Call Triple Zero (000) and request an ambulance
  • Take the person to the Emergency Department of your local hospital

For urgent concerns:

  • Find your local Mental Health Service
  • Call the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467. They use phone interpreters at your request.

For non-urgent concerns:

  • See a GP. GPs are trained to respond to concerns regarding mental wellbeing and they can also refer you to a specialised mental health practitioner (fully or partially) covered by Medicare.
  • Phone us on 1800 188 189 (toll free) Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and ask to speak with an Intake Officer. We can call you back with a phone interpreter and you could remain anonymous if you prefer.
  • Phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and request an interpreter if needed.

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Last updated 8 June 2021
Last reviewed 8 June 2021