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Listening to Diverse Voices: multicultural mental health promotion research project
Depression has been identified as a significant global health problem. However, to date, there has been little research into the most appropriate strategies to use in the prevention of depression. There is even less research about the understanding that people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds have of the conditions encompassed by the term 'depression', (or more culturally and linguistically specific representations of unhappiness) and of the ways in which these conditions may be prevented.
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The Listening to Diverse Voices: multicultural mental health promotion research project, a collaboration between Murdoch University and the East Metropolitan Population Health Unit, funded by Healthway, investigated these issues within a number of minority communities and in consultation with service providers in Perth, Western Australia, during the period 2001-2004. The objectives of the research were to identify cultural differences in understandings and experiences of 'depression' and appropriate ways of dealing with such issues. Research results will be available soon.
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