Let's Talk about Mental Health: A guide to conversation with our family and carers
Let's Talk! is a project that headspace Sunshine's Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) started in recognition of the importance of having open conversations about mental health with family and carers, and the difficulties of doing so when there are generational, cultural and language barriers. Drawing from their own experiences, the YAG hopes that the development of this resource can offer some guidance around navigating the tricky generational and cultural gaps between their Asian peers and their parents/carers to bridge conversations about mental health. The project began with a focus on our Vietnamese community, and we are now branching out to Chinese, Punjabi, and any other language that we find incredible translated resources for.
In 2020, we created our first Vietnamese wellbeing glossary. In 2021, we received a grant to get our glossary professionally translated into 7 of the most common languages spoken in Brimbank. In 2022, we organised a Let's Talk Forum, where young people were invited to share experiences and discuss the barriers and enablers to safe and meaningful conversations about wellbeing with family. This year, we are hoping to build on our past work to create a resource that would help parents, carers and young people feel more comfortable having these mental health conversations. The question is - what kind of resource do you want? And what information will help you achieve your goals?
To contact us directly, feel free to email us on headspaceSunshineCommunity@orygen.org.au
Section 1: Overview of Mental Health
- 1.1: What is mental health and why is it important?
- 1.12: Overview of mental health for family and friends
- 1.13: Translated overview of mental health for family and friends : Vietnamese, Punjabi
- 1.2: Myths and Facts about Poor Mental Health
- 1.2.2: Myths and Facts translated: Vietnamese, Punjabi
- 1.3: Mental health and cultural identity
Section 2: Preparing for the conversation
- 2.1: Why is it important and what are some cultural and generational factors that we need to consider before we start the conversation with our parents/carers?
Section 3: Skills and tips on navigating the conversation
- 3.1: Starting the conversation
- 3.2: During the conversation
- 3.2.1: A Vietnamese Glossary 1, A Vietnamese Glossary 2
- 3.2.2: A Chinese Glossary
- 3.2.3: A Tagalog Glossary
- 3.2.4: An Arabic Glossary
- 3.2.5: A Punjabi Glossary
- 3.2.6: A Greek Glossary
- 3.2.7: A Spanish Glossary
- 3.2.8: An Italian Glossary
- 3.2.6: A Vietnamese Glossary of terms for our LGBTIQA+ community
- 3.2.7: Gender neutral guide and Glossary of gender neutral pronouns in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Japanese
- 3.3: Finishing the conversation
- 3.4: What to do after the conversation
Section 4: Translated headspace factsheets for your family and friends
- Explaining how headspace can help (Arabic/Chinese/Croatian/Dari/Farsi/Greek/Hindi/Italian/Spanish/Vietnamese)
- Understanding mental health for parents/carers (English or Vietnamese or Chinese)
- Understanding anxiety (English or Vietnamese or Chinese)
- Understanding depression (English or Vietnamese or Chinese)
- Understanding trauma (English or Vietnamese or Chinese)
- Tips for a healthy headspace (English or Vietnamese or Chinese)
- Sexuality and mental health (English or Vietnamese or Punjabi)
Helpful translated Vietnamese resources from other organisations:
- Lifeline - Language support
- Beyond Blue - Truy cập thông tin về những hỗ trợ bằng tiếng Việt'
- Transcultural Mental Health Centre
- Psychology Tools
Other exciting and helpful CALD projects in the community
The Vietnamese Community in Australia: Victorian Chapter is carrying out an exciting project from the Federal Government aiming to bridge the intergenerational gap within the Vietnamese Community. This will be done through a series of videos aimed at understanding different perspectives on Vietnamese-Australian dual identity, culture and values between family members of different generations in 4 different families and how that affects their communication and how they live their lives. You can find this playing on their Youtube channel C media-VCA-Vic - subscribe so you don't miss out!
Arabic and Swahili Wellbeing project at headspace Wollongong
- The Centre of Multicultural Youth's Reverb project!
REVERB is a co-design project with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, which aims to address the stigma surrounding mental health. REVERB will amplify young people’s voices, share their lived experiences to encourage young people to seek help and practice positive wellbeing.
- The Centre of Multicultural Youth's Mental Health Literacy Project (translated infographics on mental health): Vietnamese Community Resources, South Sudanese Community Resources, Arabic speaking Community Resources, Pasifika Community Resources, Karen Community Resources
The project began with a focus on our Vietnamese community, and we are now branching out to Chinese, Punjabi, and any other language that we find incredible translated resources for. If you have a resource or event that is meaningful to this initiative, please reach out! We'd love to support you and our community in bridging important conversations about mental health. Contact: headspaceSunshineCommunity@orygen.org.au
Do you have a story you want to share? Feedback you'd like to give? Some words of wisdom and tips you'd like to provide? We'd love to hear it!