Coronavirus and mental health in multicultural communities

COVID-19 has put everyone under pressure, so it’s more important than ever that we keep our minds healthy.

Beyond Blue has created a series of resources in a range of languages to help people in Australia understand how to find support and feel comfortable talking about their experiences.

Resources are available in Arabic, Mandarin/Simplified Chinese, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

As a leader in your community, we are asking for your help to share these new resources which provide support to people with managing their thoughts and feelings.

We know some people feel uncomfortable talking about this. By adding your voice to the campaign, you can set a powerful example, and make a big difference.

Goals

  • To share experiences and personal stories of people in Australia so that the wider community is better informed when it comes to mental health and;

  • To change the perspectives of listeners, by broadening their outlook on life and its relatable challenges.

Key messages

  • Beyond Blue’s Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is offering information in your language that explains how to get support, and what to look out for.
  • We all feel sad, hopeless, helpless, stressed or upset sometimes, especially now, with so much happening in the world and to our families.
  • Talking is one of the best ways to get support. Do not let the fear of you or your family losing face stop you from speaking up.
  • If you feel sad, stressed or upset most of the time, for more than two weeks, it might be time to get support.
  • Trained counsellors are available to support you at any time, in English or with an interpreter in your preferred language.
  • For support, call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 and ask for one of the following helplines:
    • Beyond Blue – 1800 512 348
    • Lifeline – 13 11 14
    • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
  • If you are in an emergency or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, call 000.

How you can help

  1. Share the new materials in this pack with your community on social media, in newsletters, or anywhere you think is appropriate. In this pack you will find links to:
    1. A short, animated video
    2. A social media post
    3. An in-language webpage and fact sheet
  2. Direct people to the relevant Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service webpages:
  3. Advise anyone in distress to call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 and ask for one of the following helplines:
    • Beyond Blue – 1800 512 348
    • Lifeline – 13 11 14
    • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800

Campaign Assets (for download)

Arabic - اَلْعَرَبِيَّة

Suggested social media copy:

جميعنا يشعر بالحزن، التوتُّر أو الإستياء أحيانًا، ولا سيَّما مع كل ما يحدث في العالم الآن.

إن التحدُّث عمَّا يراودك من أفكار ومشاعر سيجعلك تشعر على نحوٍ أفضل.

أصدرت مؤسّسة Beyond Blue فيديو من الرسوم المتحرّكة وصفحة من الوقائع بالعربيّة لتبيِّن لك كيف تساعد نفسك وعائلتك. للإطّلاع على المزيد زُر الموقع   

.https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/i-need-support-now/information-in-languages-other-than-english/arabic.html

Simplified Chinese - 简化字

Suggested social media copy:

我们每个人都会时而感到悲伤、紧张或难过,尤其当下世事纷繁复杂之际。
把自己的想法和感受说出来,会让自己感觉好受些。
Beyond Blue以<中文> 制作了一段动画视频和一份资料说明书,告诉您如何帮助自己和家人。
浏览 https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/i-need-support-now/information-in-languages-other-than-english/chinese-simplified.html 进一步了解。

Punjabi - ਪੰਜਾਬੀ

Suggested social media copy:

ਅਸੀਂ ਸਾਰੇ ਕਈ ਵਾਰੀ ਉਦਾਸ, ਤਣਾਅ ਵਿੱਚ ਜਾਂ ਪਰੇਸ਼ਾਨ ਮਹਿਸੂਸ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਖਾਸ ਕਰਕੇ ਜਦੋਂ ਇਸ ਵੇਲੇ ਸੰਸਾਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਬਹੁਤ ਕੁਝ ਵਾਪਰ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ।
ਤੁਸੀਂ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਸੋਚ ਅਤੇ ਮਹਿਸੂਸ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹੋ, ਦੇ ਬਾਰੇ ਗੱਲ ਕਰਨਾ ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਵਧੀਆ ਮਹਿਸੂਸ ਕਰਵਾ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ।
Beyond Blue ਨੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਇਕ ਐਨੀਮੇਟਡ ਵੀਡੀਓ ਅਤੇ ਤੱਥ ਸ਼ੀਟ ਬਣਾਈ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਜੋ ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਇਹ ਵਿਖਾਇਆ ਜਾ ਸਕੇ ਕਿ ਆਪਣੀ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਪਰਿਵਾਰ ਦੀ ਮਦਦ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਕਰਨੀ ਹੈ। ਵਧੇਰੇ ਜਾਨਣ ਲਈ https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/i-need-support-now/information-in-languages-other-than-english/punjabi.html ਵੇਖੋ।

Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt

Suggested social media copy:

Chúng ta ai cũng có lúc cảm thấy buồn, căng thẳng hoặc bực bội, nhất là với quá nhiều chuyện hiện đang xảy ra trên thế giới.
Nói chuyện về suy nghĩ hay cảm xúc của mình có thể giúp chúng ta thấy dễ chịu hơn.
Beyond Blue có soạn một đoạn phim hoạt họa và bản thông tin bằng Việt ngữ để hướng dẫn cách tự giúp mình và gia đình. Để biết thêm, hãy xem trang https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/i-need-support-now/information-in-languages-other-than-english/vietnamese.html

English

Suggested Social Media post copy:

We all feel sad, stressed or upset sometimes, especially with so much happening in the world right now. Talking about how you’re thinking and feeling can make you feel better. Beyond Blue has created an animated video and fact sheet to show you how to help yourself and your family. Visit coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au to learn more.


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