On the 20th of October, headspace Armadale in partnership with the City of Armadale hosted the first nation-wide ‘Cultural Conversations with headspace’ event. The focus of the event was to ensure that the voices of our culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community are heard and questions and hesitations towards help seeking for mental health are responded to in a safe space.
headspace Armadale CaLD Youth Worker, Pavitra Aran, believes that cultural conversations are unique in that they target CaLD community members, rather than service providers and stakeholders.
Through cultural conversations, headspace Armadale is able to receive direct input from CaLD community members about their needs in relation to health and wellbeing needs and any beliefs that perpetuates the stigma associated with seeking help.
The evening was opened with a slam poetry performance by an internationally acclaimed spoken-word artist, followed by a panel discussion featuring a group of individuals from diverse occupational, community and cultural backgrounds, and a Q&A with audience participation. Guests included Margaret Quirk, Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, and Craig Chetty, Co-founder of Student Edge.
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