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Mental health services for culturally and linguistically diverse people

Mental health services for culturally and linguistically diverse people

Finding the right mental health service can be challenging for people who people from other cultures or people who speak another language other than English.

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people include refugees, asylum seekers or other people who were born overseas and now live in Australia.

Language difficulties, different cultural understandings of mental health or unfamiliarity with western health systems can stop people from accessing the support they need.

But culturally sensitive services break down these barriers by respecting the health beliefs, practices, culture and linguistic needs of diverse people.

These services may have workers who speak many languages and can translate mental health support information on a range of topics.

The following services deliver mental health services for culturally and linguistically diverse people in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.

Multicultural Connect Line

Support and information to find aid, assistance and mental health services in your language. A Queensland-wide service for people from multicultural backgrounds whose lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Problem Management Plus—World Wellness Group

Group, phone and face-to-face support for people who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse to help manage stress and adverse situations.

Brisbane MIND—Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations

Brisbane MIND is funded through Brisbane North PHN and provides psychological therapies for under-served groups.

To be eligible, you must hold a healthcare or pension card and experience barriers to accessing Medicare Benefit Schedule-based psychological intervention.

After your GP refers you to Brisbane MIND, your care will be delivered by contracted local allied health professionals.

Culture in Mind

Culture-based mental and social support for people from multicultural backgrounds.

Qld Transcultural Mental Health Centre

A specialised state-wide service providing culturally responsive mental health care and support for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds receive.

Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma

Flexible and culturally sensitive services promoting the health and wellbeing of people who have been tortured or who have suffered refugee related trauma prior to migrating to Australia.

Mater Refugee and Asylum Seeker Psychiatric Service

A service supporting people from a refugee background who need psychiatric assessment in a culturally safe environment. Download the service flyer.

Women's Mentoring Foundation (WMF)

Supporting culturally and linguistically diverse women and young people to heal from mental illness, enhance well-being, and suicide prevention education. WMF is a registered Harm-Prevention organisation.


Australian Red Cross

Support for asylum seekers provides help in an emergency if you are experiencing financial hardship. Red Cross can also help you to connect with your local community through volunteering.

Refugee and Immigration Legal Service

Free legal advice in general immigration matters and family law. RAILS assists and represents migrants, refugees and people who are seeking asylum.

Romero Centre

Case management services for asylum seekers to help them access food, accommodation, clothing, medical aid, trauma counselling, skills training, legal support, visa guidance, English classes and community events.

Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network

A network of groups and organisations who support refugees and asylum seekers.

Mater Refugee Health

Care for people of a refugee background.

AMPARO Advocacy

A service providing advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people from CALD backgrounds with a disability.

Co.As.It Community Services

Aged and community care services for people from a CALD background.

Chronic Disease & Living Well

The program has been designed to help you kick the bad habits that lead to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. ECCQ has culturally tailored and translated resources for the following communities: Arabic Speaking, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin Speaking), Pacific Islander and Vietnamese. The program is free and delivered by qualified Multicultural Health Workers in local areas. It involves six sessions, the first session is a face to face meeting and the remaining sessions are group based sessions.


Embrace Multicultural Mental Health

Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia: Towards culturally and inclusive service delivery

    My Mental Health

    We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land, waterways and culture. We pay our respect to all Australian Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past, present and future generations.

    Brisbane North PHN wishes to acknowledge the experience and expertise of the My Mental Health Steering Committee, delegates of the Peer Participation in Mental Health Services (PPIMS) network and health professionals in developing the My Mental Health Website.

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