Personal Stories

One of the most powerful ways to gain greater insight towards the experiences of mental illness in multicultural communities is to listen to people share their own stories, in their own unique wayWatch and listen as community members reflect on their own mental health journeys, struggles and joys.

 

  • Each digital story is original and owned by its creator. This project was created and developed by Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
  • You can find more videos of people from multicultural backgrounds talking about their experience caring for someone with mental illness at Victorian Transcultural Mental Health

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I am Colours, Tuan.
Personal Stories

‘Colours within me connect me to colours around me.’ Tuan sews beautiful hand­made objects and uses his keen sense of colour to connect with other people and the world around him.

Becoming, Nevena.
Personal Stories

From civil war, loss and uncertainty to safety: a refugee’s unfolding story. A lifelong journey toward happiness and inner peace.

The Visual Conductor, Maria.
Personal Stories

A story about family expectations, taking charge and staying well involving art, personal goals and play.

Linh’s Story, Linh.
Personal Stories

Linh discusses overcoming severe mental illness with the help of her loving family, feeling welcome in new country and going on holidays. Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Spreading Joy, Kim.
Personal Stories

Origami, laughter, good food, kindness: Kim’s ingredients for a fulfilled life and taking a positive approach to recovery. Mandarin with English subtitles.

Psychiatric Superhero, James.
Personal Stories

The author voices scenes from his graphic novel about a light warrior’s deep inner struggles and his resolve to overcome them. 

Doe Doh’s Story, Doe Doh.
Personal Stories

A harsh childhood lived on the Thai-Burma border, yearning for freedom and seizing the possibilities of ‘now’. Karen with English subtitles.

My Faith, My Anchor, Chandima.
Personal Stories

Chandima’s story is about migration from Sri Lanka, faith in God and her family: inspirations for personal recovery and the desire to help others.

Dear Self, Akeemi.
Personal Stories

Childhood memories, moving to a new country, feelings of isolation and efforts to connect are among experiences that inspire Akeemi’s healing ‘letter to self’, with original drawings and paintings.