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1 The 10 th Emotional Health Carnival June 10, 2011 Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

2 Liza Chan, Emotional Health Carnival Partnership Member Executive Director, Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association

3 Rationale  Adaptation/adjustment challenges  Mental Health (MH) issues are a social taboo  Inadequacy of appropriate & cultural competent MH programs  Not knowing MH programs & resources

4 Goal  to raise emotional/mental health awareness  to encourage self care & help seeking  to connect MH services to Chinese community  to promote inclusiveness & access to MH services  Create a reference model for future initiatives for other ethnic communities

5 Means  How: Carnival & community education  When: annually  Who:10-14 Emotional Health Carnival partners including Chinese agencies, immigrant serving agencies & main stream service providers

6 Partners  Alberta Health Services - Calgary Zone  Calgary Chinese Community Service Association  Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association  Calgary Family Services  Calgary Family Therapy Centre  Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association  Centre for Newcomers  Chinese Christian Mission of Canada, Calgary Service Centre  Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary  Immigrant Services Calgary

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8 Cultural competent approach  Why choose ‘carnival’ as the title?  Understanding cultural taboo Linguistically competent approach  First language materials and translation

9 Community readiness  Change of seeking help behaviour  Articulate their needs of MH services & information  Featured workshops to replace carnival Community profile  Increased Mandarin speaking immigrants  Engage Mandarin speaking stakeholders  Organize programs catered to Mandarin speaking community

10 Learning  Shared vision & belief can build strong partnership  Sensitivity to community readiness / profile leads to changing strategies  Key stakeholders & ethnic media support enhance the success of the event  Lacking of accessible first language mental health services  Realization of the close relationship between MH and family violence

11 Outcomes  Increased community MH awareness  New services & alliance: Chinese Community Response to Family Violence, Depression Support Group, Old Memories Old Melodies  Build and share resources among partners and service providers  Ethnic media put MH in their program

12 Challenges  Lack of sustainable funding, on yearly basis  Not affordable, not reliable, not accessible MH services  Not enough resources allocated to ethno-cultural communities  Difficult to measure behavioural/attitude change  Lack of first language providers/practitioners

13  Equitable MH services  Cultural competent service providers  First language service providers  First language liaisons link ethno-cultural communities to main stream service providers  Liaisons housed in accessible and familiar locations  First language materials and education

14 Calgary Chinatown Lions Club  Calgary Chinatown Lions Club – Sole sponsor in 2011  Sing Tao Newspaper (Canada 1988) Ltd.  Fairchild Radio FM94.7  Fairchild TV

15  For EHC information, project coordinator, Phyllis  For a copy of this presentation, visit Chinese Community Response to Family Violence THANK YOU!!


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