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Mental Health Forum - Western Metropolitan

MENTAL HEALTH FORUM - WESTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

 21st October 2019

Multicultural Communities and Mental Health

10:30am - 12:30pm

Encore Events Centre, Hoppers Crossing VIC

 

With an aim to raise awareness about common issues among the ethnic communities, the Foundation is planning to organize Mental Health Forum in Western Metropolitan Region on 21st October 2019, to achieve a better multicultural mental health among local communities by removing stigma associated with it.

Cultural diversity is an important aspect of Australia’s community. Migrants have played a huge role in shaping Australia’s history and nation today, in terms of population and workforce growth, and in contributing to the Australian society.

A range of research, information, education and support strategies have been developed by the Mental Health in Multicultural Australia(MHiMA) and multicultural communities and organisations with an aim to reduce the rates of isolation, depression, communication gap, anxiety and suicide.

Objectives:
- To provide an opportunity to those living in the region to highlight issues regarding multicultural mental health and to reduce rates of anxiety, suicide and depression.
- To bring together all Western Metropolitan councils to work collaboratively towards promoting mental wellbeing;
- To encourage local community members to ask questions of councillors, members of parliament and keynote speaker/s regarding multicultural mental health in a Q and A platform;
- Allows dignitaries to deliver speeches demonstrating the direction they will pursue in promoting better mental health and discuss strategies on how to handle discrimination and racism;
- To invite mental health organisations in Western Metropolitan to display stalls to provide information on services and resources available for community members.


Outcomes:
- Community members of Western Metropolitan will gain a greater understanding on how to achieve better mental wellbeing.
- Members of Parliament and Councillors will highlight a way forward to combat associated multicultural mental health issues due to social isolation, language barrier and homesickness.
- Bring about awareness and gain momentum on this topic to help reduce the rates of anxiety, depression and suicide.
- Highlighted issues will be attempted to be addressed and discussed.

 

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