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Multicultural Mental Health Survey

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Australia is becoming an increasingly multicultural country, with cultural landscapes having changed drastically over the last decade. We see many more immigrants from various backgrounds and with sometimes, drastic reasons for migration, which is likely to affect their mental health and wellbeing. According to the 2016 Census, Nearly half of Australians had either been born overseas or one or both parents had been born overseas. Additionally, more than 300 languages were identified as spoken in Australia (ABS, 2016). Having this in mind, it is important for the Mental Health sector to provide targeted and appropriate services for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

The Mental Health Foundation Australia believes in outcome-based solutions hence, we have created a Multicultural Mental Health Survey to go out to Australians’ in the community. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about CALD communities in Australia and to prepare recommendations to be sent to Local, State and Federal levels of Government about what is required in this important area of Multicultural Mental Health.

What is a mental illness?

A mental illness is a health problem that significantly affects how a person feels, thinks, behaves, and interacts with other people. It is diagnosed according to standardised criteria. The term mental disorder is also used to refer to these health problems. A mental health problem also interferes with how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, but to a lesser extent than a mental illness.

1. Full Name

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* 2.  Age

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* 3.  Sex

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* 4.  Country of Origin/Birth

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* 5.  Main Language other than English spoken at home

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* 6.  Proficiency in spoken English

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* 7.  Indigenous Status

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* 8.  Years lived in Australia

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* 9.  Level of education completed

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* 10.  Reasons for migration to Australia

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* 11.   Upon migration to Australia, did you feel welcomed into the Australian society?

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* 12. Have you been unemployed/underemployed or were seeking work unsuccessfully for more than a month in the past in Australia?

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* 13. Have you experienced financial difficulties in the past, which in turn has affected your mental health in Australia?

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* 14. Did you find your mental health was affected more so than usual during periods of stress?

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* 15.  When experiencing periods of stress, what did you find best as a coping strategy

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* 16. Have you ever experienced a mental health issue?

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* 17. Have you ever received professional support for mental health issues in Australia?

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*   b. If you felt support was culturally inappropriate, was it due to?

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*   c. What was it that you primarily received help for

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* 18. Do you believe that current standards of multicultural mental health are of good quality in Australia?

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*19. Is the current Covid 19 pandemic affecting your mental health?

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*   a. If yes, please nominate your greatest concerns in order of priority:

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20. Further Comments

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