Transcultural Mental Health Resources


Somali Mental Health Youth Brochure – Developed by Somali Youth

As a part of the Somali Education project, the youth involved made a decision to create and design a brochure on Mental Health. The group came together for a few workshops to learn about mental health issues and subsequently designed the brochure in collaboration with ADEC and Headspace.  It was launched on the 15th of May, 2009. Click here to view the brochure.

Finding the right help for mental health problems

This resource was created by ADEC and the Northern Division of General Practice to assist GP’s and other community service providers with finding help for clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with mental health problems. It lists the mental heath services within the Northern Region which cater specifically to the needs of culturally diverse clients.

Finding The Right Health Services

 health resources northern region

For detailed information on Finding the Right Health Services for Culturally Diverse People in the Northern Region click here (PDF).


mental health resources For detailed information on Finding the Right Help for Mental Health Problems: Services for Culturally Diverse People in the Eastern Region click here (PDF).


Translated Fact Sheets on the Web

Click here for (MHiMA) Translated Fact Sheets

Click here for (VTPU) Help Tips for Families and Carers

Click here for (Department of Health) Information for Families and Carers

Useful Websites

Sane Australia – SANE Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness – through campaigning, education and research. Click here for fact sheets about mental health, some which are in Greek, Italian and Vietnamese.

Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) – Provides a national focus for advice and support to providers and governments on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Click here to learn more about MHiMA.

Transcultural Mental Health Centre – A statewide service that promotes access to mental health services for people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Click here for translated information which includes “Lets Talk about Mental Health” in 15 languages.

Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit (VTPU) - A bilingual Mental Health worker directory and translated material about mental health. Click here to learn more about VTPU.

Beyondblue - is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia. Providing information about depression to consumers, carers and health professionals. Click here to learn more about Beyondblue.

Patients Rights – The Mental Health Act 1986 requires that every person must receive a written statement of their rights under the Act when they become a patient. The Act also requires that every patient for whom electroconvulsive therapy, major non-psychiatric treatment or psychosurgery is proposed must also be given a statement of rights. These statements are provided in booklets that include a list of organisations that can help with more information, assistance, advocacy or complaints. The booklets include sections on the Mental Health Review Board and community treatment when relevant. These booklets can be viewed in English and other languages and downloaded. Click here for Patient rights booklets: About your rights (translated in different languages).

Mental Illness Fellowship (MIF) -  is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation working to create better lives for people with mental illness and their families. Click here to learn more about MIF.

Headspace -  Is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. They help young people who are going through a tough time. Click here to learn more about Headspace.

Cue Cards in Community Languages - Cue Cards is a new resource developed by Eastern Health Transcultural Services to assist health professionals and clients / carers who primarily have English language difficulties, or problems communicating with each other.
This resource is not to be used in lieu of accredited interpreters, but can be used by clients/carers to communicate simple needs such as hunger, thirst, use of a telephone, request for a bible and by professionals to indicate simple instructions/concepts.
Click here to learn more about Cue Cards.

Mental Health Audio Recordings in Various Languages

We have audio recordings about Mental Health that are available in different languages.