Mental Health Links

 

Anglicare Mental Health Community Living Supports for Refugees provides support to refugees and asylum seekers who are experiencing mental health challenges.

Blue Knot is working to improve the lives of adults impacted by complex trauma. Research shows that it is possible to heal from even the most severe early trauma. Blue Knot raises awareness and understanding of the long term impacts of complex trauma, provides counselling and support to survivors and their loved ones, educates the community, disseminates cutting edge research, trains professionals, and provides services to empower recovery and build resilience.

The Butterfly Foundation provides support for those experiencing eating disorders & body image issues and their families and friends as well as workshops and training for teachers, professionals, students and parents.

COPMI aims to promote better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness. COPMI develops information for parents, their partners, carers, families and friends in support of children whose parent have a mental illness.

Conversations Matter is a practical resource for the community and professionals to support discussion about suicide. The resource has been developed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health.

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health (the Embrace Project) is run by Mental Health Australia and provides a national focus on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The Embrace website provides access to mental health resources in a wide range of languages.

  • EveryMind (formerly the Hunter Institute of Mental Health)

Everymind is a national organisation working to reduce mental illness and suicide, and improving wellbeing. 

GambleAware Multicultural Service complements the broader GambleAware program, providing culturally appropriate counselling and support services for those who are experiencing gambling harm.

Life in Mind is a national initiative that connects Australian suicide prevention services and programs to each other and the community, by providing a digital platform for knowledge exchange around suicide prevention activities in Australia.

The Mental Health Branch is responsible for developing, managing and coordinating NSW Department of Health policy, strategy and program funding relating to mental health. The office also supports the maintenance of the mental health legislative framework.

This page provides links to legislation related to mental health.  The page includes the Mental Health Act 2007 and amendments as well as translations of the NSW Mental Health Act 2007, Schedule 3 and Schedule 3A Statement of Rights. The statement outlines the rights of individuals brought to mental health facilities in NSW and has been translated into Arabic, Croatian, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese.

This service is part of Legal Aid NSW and provides free legal advice and assistance about mental health law.

Mental Health Awareness CAG is the statewide, non-government peak body that represents people who use mental health services (mental health consumers) to all levels of the NSW Government. The organisation aims to act as a bridge between mental health consumers and the government.

The Mental Health Commission of NSW is an independent body which helps drive reform that benefits people who experience mental illness and their families and carers. The Commission is working with the mental health community towards sustained change regarding all aspects of mental illness and its impact on employment, education, housing, justice and general health. 

The Australian Government's National Mental Health Commission aims to play a key role in long term mental health reform across Australia by reporting, advising and advocating on a wide range of mental health issues.

STARTTS  provides culturally relevant psychological treatment and support, and community interventions for people experiencing torture and refugee trauma. STARTTS also provides training for those working with people from refugee backgrounds who are torture or trauma survivors.

One Door Mental Health (formerly Schizophrenia Fellowship) is a  mental health service provider specialising in severe and persistent mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe anxiety, psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder.

Reach Out is an online mental health service for young people providing information, support and stories on everything from finding motivation to getting through tough times. Reach Out also provides access and advice for health care professionals on a range of technologies and online resources that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of psychosocial support and mental health care provided to young people. 

SANE Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness through campaigns for improved services and attitudes towards people with a mental illness, education and research. 

VTMH has created free online modules related to working in a culturally responsive manner. They also have reports and publications that are free to download.

WayAhead is a community based organisation and registered charity. WayAhead develop a range of mental health initiatives which increase community awareness and knowledge of mental health issues.

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Other Organisations

 

Asylum Seekers Centre provides practical and personal support for people living in the community who are seeking asylum.

ASRC provides programs that support and empower people seeking asylum to maximise their own physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

Australian Red Cross provide a range of services and support for migrants in transition.

The CLEAR toolkit is a clinical decision aid developed to help physicians, nurses and other allied health workers (e.g. midwives, community health workers, etc.) assess different aspects of patient vulnerability in a contextually appropriate and caring way and easily identify key referral resources in their local area. The CLEAR toolkit is accompanied by a trainers manual and is available in more than ten languages. 

The Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW (ECC) is a non-government peak body representing many organisations and people from the multicultural community in NSW.

ECAV is NSW Health training unit responsible for workforce development and training programs in the specialised areas of adult and child sexual assault, domestic and Aboriginal family violence and physical and emotional abuse and neglect of children.

FECCA is the peak, national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.

The HARK Clinic provides health assessments for refugee kids every Friday from the Outpatients Department at the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

HCIS has several publications available for download from their website as well as a DVD called 'Working with Interpreters in the Healthcare Setting' available free on request for NSW Health organisations.

HETI provides free online training to NSW Health staff. Some of the relevant training includes: Health equity and the social determinants (242567952), Meeting the healthcare needs of refugees (116308950), Culturally responsive health care (39962639) and Learning Path: How to use healthcare interpreters (6 modules).

IARC provides free immigration legal advice to eligible people in New South Wales.

The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney is a research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law

MHCS provides multilingual information about health issues and health services and health promotion campaigns to people who speak languages other than English across NSW.

Multicultural Health Connect is a national helpline providing people in multicultural communities with health information and advice in their language.

The Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service works with CALD communities and with health services in NSW to reduce the impacts of HIV and viral hepatitis. They can provide training to enhance workers to improve their knowledge of HIV and viral hepatitis.

Multicultural NSW promotes multiculturalism, ethnic affairs, cultural diversity, community unity and harmony throughout NSW.

The NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) is the peak body for health and community services in NSW. NCOSS works with and for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage in NSW to make positive change in our communities. 

The program provides training on culturally appropriate care for women, girls and their families affected by, or at risk of, FGM.

There are different interpreter services for different LHDs and organisations. See the NSW Health website for further information.

The NSW Refugee Health Service can provide specialist training for staff as well as advice and support for health professionals on general refugee health matters.

The Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) Program aims to equip aged care service providers to deliver culturally appropriate care to older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

RCOA is the national umbrella body for refugees and people seeking asylum and those who support them.

A collaborative project between SBS, International Education Services, and Multicultural NSW to enhance social cohesion through improving understanding of other cultures.

SCoA represents settlement agencies across Australia providing direct services to people of refugee and migrant background.

Settlement Services International is a  community-based not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services in the areas of refugee and migrant settlement.

SCHN has two well-established multidisciplinary paediatric refugee health clinics: The Health Assessment for Refugee Kids (HARK) clinic at The Children’s Hospital Westmead and The Refugee Child Health Clinic at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

TIS is a 24/7 national service available should local interpreter service be unavailable to meet requirements.

Victorian Government website providing access to multilingual information on health and well being in numerous community languages.

The Network provides free online training and lists available online resources related to refugee health.

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International Organisations

 

McGill University’s Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry have published several lectures online related to cultural psychiatry.

The United Nations establishes a Network on Migration to ensure effective, timely and coordinated system-wide support to Member States.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights, and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people.

 

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