Lived experiences of mental health recovery in persons of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds within the Australian context

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Levy-Fenner, E., Colucci, E. and McDonough, S. 2022. Lived experiences of mental health recovery in persons of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds within the Australian context. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40737-022-00319-y
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TitleLived experiences of mental health recovery in persons of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds within the Australian context
AuthorsLevy-Fenner, E., Colucci, E. and McDonough, S.
Abstract

Lived experience research related to mental health recovery is advancing, but there remains a lack of narrative material from the perspectives of people from under-represented, non-dominant cultural backgrounds in this domain. This study aimed to explore the lived experiences of mental health recovery in people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in the Australian context. The current study involved a secondary analysis of audio and visual data collected during the digital storytelling project Finding our way in Melbourne, Australia. Thematic analysis was used to understand the lived experience narratives of nine participants in relation to mental health recovery. Five themes were identified through an iterative process of analysis, including Newfound opportunities and care, Family as key motivators and facilitators, Coping and generativity, Cultivating self-understanding and resilience, and Empowerment through social engagement. First person lived experience narratives offer deep insight into understanding the ways in which individuals of marginalised communities conceptualise and embody recovery. These findings further the literature and understanding on how to better serve the needs of people with mental health challenges from CALD communities through informed knowledge of what may be helpful to, and meaningful in, individuals’ recoveries.

Sustainable Development Goals3 Good health and well-being
10 Reduced inequalities
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
Health & Wellbeing
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSpringer
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health
ISSN2198-9834
Electronic2198-963X
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Online05 Dec 2022
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Deposited19 Dec 2022
Submitted20 Jul 2022
Accepted01 Nov 2022
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