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 way.  

Below we have a series of personal stories developed by Embrace Multicultural Mental Health. These stories feature members of the Project's CALD Mental Health Consumer and Carer Group. This group is a key advisory group to the Embrace project. You can also access a series of personal stories created by and developed by Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

These videos are free to use for training purposes. Please ensure credit is given to Embrace Multicultural Mental Health.

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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Disability and discrimination – Fighting the stigma of mental illness
Resource from Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health
Nevena's Story - Part 2
Nevena 2

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John's Story
John

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Ali's Story
Ali

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Thir's Story
Thir

Watch and listen to Thir's story

Naseema's Story
Naseema

Watch and listen to Naseema's story

Nevena's Story
Nevena

Watch and listen to Nevena's story

Lisa's Story
Lisa

Watch and listen to Lisa's story

Jennie's Story
Jennie

Watch and listen to Jennie's story

Viji's Story
Viji

Watch and listen to Viji's story

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.