Personal strength to overcome adversity of mental

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Personal strength to overcome adversity of mental health experience Effective strategies for overcoming cultural and communication (language) barriers Community-oriented services Supportive staff who put great effort into, and care about, what they do Pacific peoples services and staff Right medication and treatments Working in the mental health sector (eg, as a consumer advisor, advocate, interpreter, mental health worker) Recovery barriers Lack of understanding by communities and families Cultural stigma of having mental illness Lack of knowledge within Pacific communities of mental health issues Discrimination Exclusion by the church Lack of self-help information especially in early stages of illness Coercive staff practices and breaches of human rights Lack of staff understanding of cultural differences Ineffective and uninspiring rehabilitation services Lack of care and support from staff Staff prejudice and stereotyping of Pacific peoples Lack of access to needed staff in mainstream or Pacific services Side-effects of medication and/or electro-convulsive therapy Cultural inequality and misunderstanding in services Authoritarian services that reinforce dependence rather than independence
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Primary Health Organisations: 77 Service development toolkit for mental health services in primary health care What does this mean for PHOs? Non-Pacific PHO staff may wish to participate in Pacific cultural safety workshops in order to understand the cultural values and beliefs of their enrolled Pacific populations better. These workshops could include awareness of Pacific cultural-bound views on health and mental health, as well as recovery competencies for Pacific peoples (Mental Health Commission). Organisation development Many Pacific providers have developed their own models of Pacific health service delivery (including mental health services) according to local needs and priorities. Pacific services may operate in a range of settings and may have a range of different relationships with other existing PHOs. A service that considers itself responsive to Pacific peoples may have the following key elements: service delivery that is culturally appropriate for Pacific peoples (eg, language, ethnic- specific contacts) services provided for Pacific users, but so that non-Pacific peoples may access the service a philosophy based on Pacific values and beliefs a basis on Pacific models of health or on models of health that encompass Pacific beliefs and values involvement of Pacific peoples in the governance and management of the service Pacific peoples as a significant number of the staff and health professionals. If one or more of these key factors are absent, then a service cannot be considered a Pacific-responsive service.
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