Culture affects the context, cause and expression of mental health and well-being at every level. Exploring a person’s cultural context is vital to every mental health assessment. Every encounter can be considered through a cultural lens.
Addressing cultural factors in a mental health encounter is a two-way process. It requires practitioners to reflect on their own cultural beliefs and motivations, and how they interplay with the beliefs and motivations of consumers and their families.
Evidence shows that culturally and linguistically diverse groups have poorer access and outcomes when seeking mental health care. Overlooking cultural differences and diversity in health care contributes to further health disparities (MHIMA, 2014).
VTMH promotes the use of culturally responsive assessments that explore the role of culture in a person’s life and how they interact with health practitioners.