Reducing stigma in the Chinese community to support the recovery and empowerment of consumers and carers

Justin McKenzie, Cory Haugh, Melissa Petrakis

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Stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness within the Chinese community has been well entrenched in the culture over many hundreds of years. These entrenched attitudes create significant barriers to those living with a mental illness in seeking treatment. These attitudes discourage families from talking about illness, and families can be extremely reluctant to seek any form of mental health support for themselves or loved ones. Working with the Chinese community, MI Fellowship has previously developed and delivered translated, culturally-specific versions of the award-winning peer-led WellWays Family Education programs for the Chinese community. This presentation at TheMHS aimed to share the establishment phase of a new project – with funding awarded through the Department of Health Partners in Recovery (PIR) initiative – to increase the social connectedness and engagement in community of Chinese consumers and carers, while reducing the stigma of mental illness within the Chinese community. The project is explicitly targeted toward people who are not engaged in the service system or their community. All activities engaged in are culturally relevant and have been determined through stakeholder input, are occurring in the community, and are being investigated pre and post with academic input to support a robust evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTranslating Best Practice into Reality
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary TheMHS in Mental Health Services, Canberra Conference Proceedings 2015
PublisherThe MHS Learning Network
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780994570208
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2016
EventMental Health Services (MHS) Conference 2015: Translating Best Practice into Reality - National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 25 Aug 201528 Aug 2015 (Conference Handbook)


ConferenceMental Health Services (MHS) Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleTheMHS 2015
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  • attitudes
  • stigma
  • Discrimination
  • community
  • culture
  • Innovation
  • Research-to-practice

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