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The COVID-19 pandemic is having an ongoing impact on all of our lives and many of us are feeling anxious and worried at this time. The Transcultural Mental Health Centre has put together this page of resources to help people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) to take care of your health and mental health during the pandemic. 


COVID-19 and your mental health

 

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic can make us feel stressed and worried. The following resources can help you to look after your mental wellbeing and look out for those around you as we all cope with the mental health effects of COVID-19. 

Translated Mental Health Expert Advice

 

TMHC has been involved with the production of multilingual videos available via YouTube with valuable coping tools for our CALD communities in five languages. Click on the following links to go to YouTube or watch below Chinese - SimplifiedChinese - TraditionalGreekItalian and Vietnamese.

 Chinese - simplified Chinese - traditional Greek
     
 
Italian  Vietnamese   

 


Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) Resources

 

Although not specifically about COVID-19, TMHC has produced several resources in multiple languages about wellbeing, stress and coping with disaster that may be of assistance at this time:

Visit the Transcultural Mental Health Centre website to download multilingual fact sheets on a wide range of mental health issues.


 Look after your mental health during COVID-19

 

NSW Health has translated a Fact Sheet 'Look after your mental health during COVID-19' into a wide range of languages. Click on the links below to download the Fact Sheet in your language.

Looking after your mental health during COVID-19 leaflet English image.

Arabic (العربية)Armenian (հայերեն)Assyrian (ܣܘܪܝܬ)Bangla (বাংলা)Burmese (မြန်မာစာ)Chinese-Simplified (简体中文)Chinese-Traditional (繁體中文)Croatian (Hrvatski )Dari (دريلو)Dinka (Thuɔŋjäŋ)Farsi (فارسی)French (Français)Greek (Ελληνικά), BahasaItalian (Italiano)Japanese (日本語)Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ)Korean (한국어)Kurdish-Kurmanji (کورمانجی)Lao (ພາສາລາວ)Macedonian (Mакедонски)Mongolian (Монгол Хэл)Nepali (नेपाली)Polish (Język polski)Portuguese (Português)Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ)Russian (Русский)Serbian (Српски)Spanish (Español)Swahili (Kiswahili)Tamil (தமிழ்)Thai (ภาษาไทย)Turkish (Türkçe)Urdu (اُردُو)Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt Nam) and English.

 

 

You can also view an accompanying video about 'Looking after your mental health during COVID-19' by clicking on the links below. 

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English (English)Arabic (العربية)Farsi (فارسی)Greek (Ελληνικά)Hindi (हिन्दी)Hungarian (Magyar)Italian (Italiano)Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ)Nepali (नेपाली)Spanish (Español)Portuguese (Português)Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt Nam)Korean (한국어)Turkish (Türkçe)Sinhalese (සිංහල)Tamil (தமிழ்)Malayalam (മലയാളം) and Bangla (বাংলা).

 

 


Australian government mental health and COVID resources

 

The COVID-19 pandemic and the related social and economic impacts of physical distancing and isolation measures have had a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians, with particular challenges faced by multicultural communities.

The Australian Government’s COVID-19 Mental Health Campaign encourages people to prioritise their mental health, learn how to know the signs of someone not coping, and provide information on the support services available. To help multicultural communities whose mental health and wellbeing is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking you to please support the campaign by downloading the resources and sharing them through your communications channels (website, newsletters, social media) into your communities and networks.

Visit the Department of Health website for translated resources.

You can also find dedicated pages for culturally and linguistically diverse communities on the Australian Government's Head to Health website.    


Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line 1800 171 866

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) delivers education, information and advocacy services for senior Australians and their families including those in residential aged care and their families in areas most affected by lockdowns. OPAN also offers a Wellbeing Check service to ensure the provision of emotional or social support available to both Home Care Package or Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) recipients.

Senior Australian COVID-19 support numbers and advocacy services
• Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line - 1800 171 866
• Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement - 1800 22 22 00
• My Aged Care Contact Centre - 1800 200 422
• Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) - 1800 700 600

A translation and interpreter service is available to access the above numbers. Senior Australians who require an interpreter can call 131 450, select the language they speak and provide one of the COVID-19 support numbers to access the information in their own language.


This Way Up Multilingual Coping Resources

This Way Up Multilingual Resources ChineseThis Way Up in collaboration with the Multicultural Health Communication Service has launched a suite of multilingual coping tools created to support the mental health and wellbeing of CALD communities. The tools provide easy steps to calm your emotions, express yourself and tackle problems. There are also a series of translated worksheets about controlled breathing, good sleep, what to do in case of an emergency, managing your mood, learning to notice the good things in life, progressive muscle relaxation and self-care.

The resources have been translated into 10 different languages including Arabic, Chinese – Traditional, Chinese – Simplified, Filipino, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. Click here to view and download the resources.


Beyond Blue: COVID-19 Looking after your mental health

 

Beyond Blue has produced a website about looking after your mental health during COVID-19, including a short animation and brochures in the following languages:

Arabic - اَلْعَرَبِيَّةChinese Simplified - 简化字Punjabi - ਪੰਜਾਬੀVietnamese - Tiếng Việt

You can also download a fact sheet about dealing with your mental health and where to go for help from the Beyond Blue website

The fact sheet is available in:

Beyond Blue Coronavirus mental wellbeing support services Albanian - Shqip, Amharic - አማርኛ, Arabic - اَلْعَرَبِيَّة, Armenian - հայերեն, Assyrian - ܣܘܪܝܝܐ ܣܘܪܝܬ, Bengali - বাংলা, Bosnian - BosanskiBulgarian - Български, Burmese - မြန်မာဘာသာ, Croatian - Hrvatski, Dari - دریDinka - ThuɔŋjäŋDutch - NederlandEnglish - EnglishFarsi - فارسی, Filipino - Tagalog, Finnish - SuomiFrench - FrançaisGerman - Deutsch, Greek - ΕλληνικάGujarati - ગુજરાતીHakha Chin - LaiholhHazaragi - آزرگیHebrew - עִבְרִית, Hindi - मानक हिन्दीHmong - Hmoob, Indonesian - Bahasa IndonesiaItalian - Italiano, Japanese - 日本語Karen - ქართული, Khmer - ភាសាខ្មែរKirundi - IkirundiKorean - 한국어Kurdish - Kurdî‎/کوردیLao - ລາວ, Macedonian - Mакедонски јазик, Malayalam - മലയാളം, Maltese - Malti, Nepali - नेपालीPashto - پښتو, Polish - PolskiPortuguese - Português, Punjabi - پنجابی / ਪੰਜਾਬੀRohingya - Ruáingga, Romanian - Limba română, Russian - Pусский языкSamoan - Gagana faʻa Sāmoa, Serbian - Cрпски, Simplified Chinese - 简化字, Sinhalese - සිංහල, Slovak - Slovenský jazyk, Slovenian - Slovene, Somali - اَف صَوماليSpanish - EspañolSwahili - KiswahiliTamil - தமிழ், Thai - ภาษาไทย, Tibetan - བོད་སྐད, Tigrinya - ትግርኛ, Traditional Chinese - 正體字/繁體字, Turkish - Türkçe, Ukrainian - Yкраїнська мова, Urdu - اُردُو and Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt.


Emerging Minds COVID-19 Resources Translations

 

The following resources have been translated into 17 languages to support families during COVID-19.

Helping children cope with stress during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Using play to support children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic


Embrace Multicultural Mental Health Resources

 

The following fact sheets provide helpful information about anxiety and depression in a range of languages that may be useful for those feeling the mental health impacts of COVID-19:

  • What is anxiety disorder? Available in Amharic, Arabic, Assyrian, Simplified Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, English, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Krio, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese.
  • What is a depressive disorder? Available in Amharic, Arabic, Assyrian, Simplified Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, English, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Krio, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese.
  • Dealing with difficult times in your life. Audio in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, English, Greek, Italian, Traditional Chinese, Samoan, Spanish and Vietnamese

Red Cross Advice on managing distress

 

Information for communities, parents and caregivers after a distressing event, available in Arabic, English, Farsi, Somali, Nepali, Formal Swahili and Simplified Swahili. Download these resources here


The following sites provide advice in English on dealing with the mental health impacts of COVID-19. 

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New COVID-19 Restrictions 26 June 2021

 

The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a range of restrictions across the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas from 6:00pm 26 June 2021.

Download further information below

 

Stay at home order - social media tiles available in English and multiple languagesCOVID-19 Stay at home order social media tiles in:

Amharic (አማርኛ), Arabic (العربية), Armenian (հայերեն), Assyrian (ܣܘܪܝܬ), Bangla (বাংলা), Bosnian (bosanski / босански), Burmese (မြန်မာစာ), Chinese-Simplified (简体中文), Chinese-Traditional (繁體中文), Croatian (Hrvatski), Dari (دريلو), Dinka (Thuɔŋjäŋ), English, Farsi (فارسی), Filipino (Wikang Tagalog), French (Français), Greek (Ελληνικά), Gujarati (ગુજરાતી), Hazaragi (آزرگی‎)Hebrew (עִבְרִית)Hindi (हिन्दी), Hungarian (Magyar), Indonesian (bahasa), Italian (Italiano), Japanese (日本語), Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ)Karen (Karen), Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ), Kinyarwanda (Kinyarwanda), Kirundi, Korean (한국어), Kurdish - Kurmanji, Kurdish-Sorani (سۆرانی), Lao (ພາສາລາວ), Macedonian (Mакедонски), Malayalam (മലയാളം), Maltese (Malti), Mongolian (Монгол Хэл), Nepali (नेपाली), Pashto (پښتو), Polish (Język polski), Portuguese (Português), Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ), Rohingya (Rohingya), Russian (Русский), Samoan (Gagana Sāmoa), Serbian (Српски), Sinhalese (සිංහල), Somali (Somali), Spanish (Español), Swahili (Kiswahili), Tamil (தமிழ்), Thai (ภาษาไทย), Tibetan (བོད་སྐད་), Tongan (Lea faka-Tonga), Turkish (Türkçe), Urdu (اُردُو) and Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt Nam).

Further translated information about keeping families and communities safe during COVID-19 is available from the NSW Health website. These include 'Do the right thing - always check-in', 'Everybody must check-in', 'Help us stop the spread', 'Important message on COVID-19 from the NSW Government', 'Keep families and communities COVID safe', 'Keep yourself and loved ones safe', Shisha (water pipe) Smoking for COVID-19', 'Steps for contact tracing' and 'Stop the spread'.


NSW COVID-19 press conference

 

SBS is now interpreting the NSW COVID-19 11:00am press conference live in ArabicAssyrianChinese, Khmer and Vietnamese

NSW Health COVID-19 Daily Key Points available in Arabic, Assyrian, Chinese (simplified), Dari, Tamil and Vietnamese.

 


Wishing you a blessed and safe Eid-Al-Adha

 

NSW Health has developed social media tiles outlining how you can celebrate Eid-Al-Adha safely during the current lockdown. The resources are available in 

Arabic (العربية)BengaliBosnian (bosanski / босански)Burmese (မြန်မာစာ)Dari (دريلو)Farsi (فارسی)Hazaragi (آزرگی‎)Indonesian (bahasa)Somali (Somali)Swahili (Kiswahili)Turkish (Türkçe) and Urdu (اُردُو).

You can also view a video message from Sheikh Nami Farhat, Islamic Community of Sydney on Youtube.
English
https://youtu.be/vZmc2lAiE1Q
Arabic
https://youtu.be/uf_iR_T5stY

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General information about COVID-19 for CALD communities

 

  • NSW Health has produced information in many community languages about COVID-19, including resources about symptoms of COVID-19, social distancing, getting tested, contact tracing, checking in at venues, celebrating Ramadan during COVID-19 and getting vaccinated plus much more. Visit the NSW Health website below to download the resources. 

NSW Health COVID 19 multilingual resources by language
NSW Health COVID 19 multilingual resources by topic

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For mental health assistance call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511. The Mental Health line provides telephone mental health assistance 24 hours/ 7 days a week. Interpreting services are available when using the Mental Health Line.


In case of an emergency call 000