Mental Health 101

Signs of mental health problems

A note about culture


A person’s cultural background may affect the way they express and view their own and other people’s behaviour, whether they seek help for mental and emotional states and from whom they seek help.

Mental health professionals must be trained in cultural competence. These skills help professionals consider a person’s unique cultural experiences when trying to understand their mental state. People in supporting roles also need to be aware of their culturally based values. This awareness can help them avoid treating people with a bias.