Authors: Carlos Suárez
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, TRANSCULTURAL MENTAL HEALTH, NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING BACKGROUNDS NESB, CALD CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Consumer participation by people from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) will not function by simply applying mainstream consumer advocacy. The first step is to find out what, indeed, are the implicit assumptions of mainstream advocacy and then modify them cross-culturally to reflect the cultural beliefs of consumers from non-English speaking backgrounds. If this is not done, two consequences follow. Firstly, from a moral point of view, we doubly marginalize people who are already coping with a psychiatric disability. Secondly, it is arguable that the failure to incorporate a consumer advocacy programme which is cross-culturally sensitive is in breach of Australia’s National Standards for Mental Health Services.