Mental Health Advocacy Service (MHAS)
MHAS’s person centred, and holistic approach has the capacity to provide support to people from CaLD backgrounds through their journey to recovery and increase their ability to participate in social and recreational activities and to live with an optimal level of independence in the community.
This service funded by the WA Mental Health Commission (WAMHC) improves access to mental health services for people of culturally and linguistically backgrounds affected by mental illness, including families and carers through provision of advocacy, information, referral, prevention and early intervention and other support services.
MHAS utilises strategies of community engagement and improved mental health literacy and education and training to de-stigmatise mental illness and to normalise help-seeking behaviour in CaLD communities
The MHAS works closely with mental health and other support services providers to ensure that mental health services are culturally and linguistically appropriate and accessible for CaLD clients.
The MHAS is committed to provide a high-quality service that is person centred, caters to the social and cultural beliefs, values and cultural practices of clients and their families and to encourage and support other Mental Health and support service providers, including public and non-government services, to do likewise.
UnitingCare West is a proud partner of Multicultural Futures. Knowing that we can depend on the team to readily collaborate and walk alongside us to support people who need our combined skills and abilities in order to have their goals met is, quite simply, fantastic.
Access Housing and Multicultural Futures have a well-established, collaborative working relationship going back many years. We look forward to continuing and building upon this relationship into the years ahead as we partner to assist some of the community’s most vulnerable people.
We rely heavily on the support of agencies and programs such as Multicultural Futures in order to ensure best outcomes and recovery for people. The contribution of this flexible and culturally sensitive agency is a partnership that we will continue to build and foster.
With help from Multicultural Futures, we now stand on our own feet and by paying tax hopefully, we can give the opportunity for another family to make change for a more peaceful and prosperous life.
We highly valued Multicultural Futures’ contribution to developing our first Cultural Diversity Strategy. They brought a wealth of cultural insight and strong community connections with newly settled Cockburn community members which ensured a rich diversity of views were captured.
I feel much more confident in my interactions with families from migrant or refugee background.
There are things I can do now to help improve my intercultural communication efficiency – from strategies listed by participants
I loved learning about the different communications styles of different cultures and the importance of my own personal cultural glasses
Even though I thought I had great understanding of cultural awareness I realise I need to continue to develop my skills and knowledge