How to provide cultural safety care for people with mental illness
Cultural safety- is the experience of the recipient of care provided allowing the patient to feel safe in health care interactions and be involved in changes to health services. It focuses on the capacity of the health system to improve health and wellbeing by integrating culture into the delivery of health services. The terms and word used to describe mental illness depends on individual beliefs.
How to provide culturally safe care for people with mental illness (Aboriginal)
b) Know what is normal, and what is not, in the Person’s culture
* When assisting someone outside your own culture or community, it is very important that you take into consideration the spiritual or cultural context of the person’s behaviours.
* Be aware that it is common for the experiences of Aboriginal people (such as seeing spirits or hearing voices of deceased loved ones) to be misdiagnosed or mislabelled as mental illness when they are not in fact ill.
* Fear of misdiagnosis can be a strong barrier to seek help in Aboriginal community.
* For these reasons, you should take great care not to simply assume that the person is developing a mental illness or suffering a mental health crisis.
a) Learn about the person’s culture and their concept of mental illness
* A person’s culture plays a very important role in the way they understand and talk about health, ill-health and go about seeking help from friends, family or professionals.
* Aboriginal people understand mental health within a broad context of health and wellbeing, which includes concepts of social and emotional functioning.
* Sometimes, symptoms of mental illness are understood within Aboriginal communities as part of a person’s spirit or personality, and not conceptualised as a form of treatable mental illness.
* If you are providing mental health first aid to Aboriginal people who are not from your own...