Embrace Multicultural Mental Health (The Embrace Project) is run by Mental Health Australia and provides a national focus on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
It provides a national platform for Australian mental health services and gives multicultural communities access to resources, services and information in a culturally accessible format.
‘The Embrace Project builds on the important work of previous national multicultural mental health projects and works towards an equitable mental health system that reflects and responds well to the needs of Australia’s multicultural population’.
The key objectives of the project are to increase participation, awareness and access to mental health services and providers for people from CALD backgrounds.
To read more about this program, visit https://www.embracementalhealth.org.au
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Mental Health Services in Australia (MHSA) provides a picture of the national response of the health and welfare service system to the mental health care needs of Australians. MHSA is updated progressively throughout each year as data becomes available. Some of their recently released statistics show that:
- 20% of Australians experience a mental-heath disorder during a 12 month period
- 10.6 billion dollars was spent on mental health services in 2018-19
- 4.3 million people received mental health-related prescriptions in 2018-19
For more information, please visit their website via the link above.
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This blog post references information from Mental Health Australia, AIHW, Head to Help, and Positive Psychology.