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Cultura’s Healthy Minds Program - improving mental health and wellbeing for multicultural youth

Friday, 14 July 2023

Barwon Health's small grants program aims to promote mental wellbeing in the Geelong community. The innovative submission for Cultura’s Healthy Minds Program was one of the successful applicants.

Healthy Minds is a mental health education program for multicultural youth that combines mental health literacy, wellbeing activities and leadership skills. The program was delivered in partnership with Headspace, Northern Bay College and the Queenscliff Uniting Church.

Twelve Year 9 and 10 female students participated in the program. Ten of the group were from a Karen background and two were Afghani. The program mixed education sessions with recreation/wellbeing activities and included a visit to Headspace and a two-day camp at Queenscliff to conclude the program.

A total of ten mental health education sessions were led by the Cultura Multicultural Mental Health Worker and supported by the CALD Engagement Worker at Northern Bay College.

Read more about the case study here.