A project in partnership with Orygen.
The purpose of the project is to design and develop, in partnership with young people and broader community, a range of resources (audio and visual) to improve mental health literacy of young people and their families from Arabic, Vietnamese, Karen, South Sudanese and Pasifika backgrounds in the North West Melbourne area.
- North West Melbourne is characterised by significant cultural diversity with 35% of people born overseas.
- Migrants and people from refugee backgrounds are less likely to access mental health services and supports due to:
- Language barriers
- Lack of awareness of mental health
- Lack of information on what services are available
- Lack of culturally appropriate services and supports
- There is a lack of early intervention for poor mental health in CALD communities.
What will the project involve?
Community Leadership Group
The CLG will consist of 10 young community members from Arabic, Vietnamese, Karen, South Sudanese and Pasifika backgrounds.
The CLG will work with the Project Officer and Project Support Officer to co-design and co-develop audio-visual resources to improve mental health literacy in communities from Karen, Arabic speaking, Vietnamese, Pasifika and South Sudanese backgrounds.
The CLG and CMY staff, through facilitating a consultative approach in the communities, CALD health professionals and project partners will co-design and develop mental health resources in language to increase the mental health literacy within communities.
As this is a community development and co-design project, CMY are looking to connect with community members from Karen, Arabic speaking, Vietnamese, Pasifika and South Sudanese backgrounds.
A range of culturally sensitive resources (videos, infographics, podcasts etc.) will be developed in language and be available for dissemination across a range of platforms: websites, social media, podcasts.
The outcome of this project is for community members to have access to culturally appropriate mental health resources that will help increase the knowledge of mental health support services in their communities, how to seek help and support others.
Aiya Idris | Project Officer
E | firstname.lastname@example.org
P | (03) 9340 3700
M | 0401 593 300