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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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.