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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Consumers

What does CALD mean?

CALD is an abbreviation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse. This phrase is used to describe people who have a diverse cultural background or whose first language is not English.

How is mental health and well being affected by migration?

Australia’s population is made up of people from a variety of cultural backgrounds speaking many different languages. Cultural and linguistic differences can influence our understanding of mental illness. Experiences both before and after migration to Australia can also have an effect on mental health.

How can the Transcultural Mental Health Centre help?

The Transcultural Mental Health Centre can help you or a family member or friend manage a mental illness through its Clinical Consultation and Assessment Service. The TMHC clinicians can provide culturally sensitive psychological or psychiatric assessments, counselling and short term therapy in a variety of languages. Click  here to find out more.

What is Self Assessment?

Self-Assessment assists you and your clinician to understand more about your mental health and what kind of help you might need. Your clinician will ask you to answer a series of questions about the way you have been feeling.

If your first language is not English you may be asked to answer the questions using an interpreter or you may be given a translated form to fill in.

Kessler 10 is a self-assessment questionnaire that is designed to measure feelings of depression and anxiety. This questionnaire is available in 15 languages. Click HERE, then scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the Kessler 10 translations.

What does recovery mean?

Recovery is the process of recovering from a mental illness or mental health disorder. Mental illness affects different people in different ways. Recovery is also different for everyone. It can be an ongoing process. Sometimes symptoms can reoccur.

Recovery can involve overcoming symptoms, feeling well and coming to terms with your diagnosis. Finding the right treatment or medication for you is part of this process.

Learning and re-learning everyday life skills and coping techniques are an important part of recovery. Adjusting to life within your community and establishing or re-establishing relationships with family and friends are another aspect of the recovery process.





Last Updated 02 Sep 2013


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