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Learn How Culture Influences Mental Health

Culture shapes people’s attitudes, beliefs and behaviors when it comes to wellbeing. We know that historically marginalized communities, such as Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities, face disproportionate challenges around access to and quality of mental health and substance use care. But also, some cultures might value having family included in mental health decisions, and some people may not. Likewise, some people may turn to a chaplain, spiritual leader or healer for mental health help first rather than a medical doctor, while others may choose a doctor.   

When you’re helping people who come from cultural backgrounds different from your own, it’s important to understand how to create a culturally safe environment. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) offers resources on this topic so you can #BeTheDifference: 

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