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Strengths and support

There are many ways a child and family can draw upon their experiences and their culture to strengthen their mental health and wellbeing. 

Harnessing culture as a strength

Belonging to a culture gives many people a sense of identity. Allowing culturally diverse communities to express their multicultural identities, beliefs and practices can help to adjust and bolster mental health.

Draw upon culturally protective factors such as spirituality, community and family to support the wellbeing of children and parents experiencing mental health issues.

Work towards encouraging community members to talk with each other about their experiences, so they can develop shared understandings of mental health to support the wellbeing of people who have experienced mental health issues.

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'Australia is a vibrant, multicultural country. We are home to the world’s oldest continuous cultures, as well as Australians who identify with more than 270 ancestries. Since 1945, almost seven million people have migrated to Australia. This rich, cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths. It is central to our national identity.'

Face the facts: cultural diversity — Australian Human Rights Commission 2017

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