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    Multicultural Mental Health: Voices from the Community

    August 25 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


    ECCV invites you to join our upcoming Mental Health Forum – Multicultural Mental Health: Voices from the Community on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 from 6:00PM- 7:30PM. 

    The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlighted that people with lived experience need to be at the centre of the new mental health system. Speakers will share stories and insights from lived experience of the mental health system and discuss how the voices and perspectives of people with lived experience from migrant and refugee backgrounds and CALD communities can play a role in the mental health system. 

    We will hear from speakers with lived experience as well as Shehani De Silva, Education & Service Development Consultant at Victorian Transcultural Mental Health, and counsellor, facilitator and mental health content creator Tigist Kebede. 

    This forum will be held online and is free to attend. Registration is essential. 

    Shehani De Silva
    Shehani is an Education and Service Development Consultant at Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH), the lead transcultural and intersectional mental health service in Victoria.  Prior to migration, Shehani worked in Sri Lanka with organisations such as UNICEF Sri Lanka. She is interested in building service capacity to address intersectional community needs within her current role at VTMH.

    Tigist Kebede
    Tigist is a counsellor with the Victorian Foundation of Survivors of Torture Inc – (Foundation House). Tigist has a work history in the field of complex trauma, particularly in the areas of family/domestic violence and sexual assault. She is a passionate advocate for equitable practices and employing an anti-oppressive and intersectional lens. She a counsellor at Pola Psychology and works in both voluntary and professional capacities in her community.

    Jaya Manchikanti
    Jaya is the founder and current President of IndianCare, a welfare and community development organisation for the Indian origin community in Victoria. Jaya has been working in social services for more than 20 years, across the not-for-profit, local and state government sectors and is a current PhD candidate at Victoria University. Jaya will share her lived experience of navigating the mental health system.

    Hala Nur
    Hala is a Youth Worker at The Venny, focusing on early intervention and prevention for kids aged between 5-16 years, and studying a Master of Social Work. She has been an active member of the Inner North West Melbourne African Community. Her recent community work has involved COVID-19 risk outreach and support, as well as increasing local support capacity through advocacy.

    Plus Special Performance

    Thabani Tshuma
    Thabani is a Zimbabwean writer and performance poet who will share work that centres around his lived experience of mental health. His work can be found in publications such as Dichotomi magazine and Next in Colour. Thabani was the 2019 Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam champion and winner of the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.


    August 25
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


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