What Is The Best Way To Help Non-English Speaking People To Access Mental Health Services

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Authors: Hua Cao

Year: 2002

Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Transcultural Mental Health, NESB, book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Many studies have showed that non-English speaking people have lower access rates to both inpatient and outpatient mental health services. How can people's access rates be improved? At one end, it is the professional mental health workers who are mainly English speaking people. On the other end, ethnic people don't speak much English and have no knowledge about services and are not aware of how to look for help. There are some bridging services missing in the middle which can connect the two ends.

The Transcultural Mental Health Program at Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) has tried hard to work out a model to build this bridge. The model has 4 stages of development which are ethnic community education, referral and counselling services, formation of mental health self help and mutual support groups and bringing up the needs and issues to government. This model really benefits many non-English speaking mentally ill people and increased their access to mental health services.

We would like to promote and discuss this model so that more non-English speaking mentally ill people can benefit from mental health services.

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