Resources for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities

This section contains a practical resource for professionals when discussing suicide, and covers specific matters to be aware of when working with CALD individuals, families and communities.

Supporting CALD communities to talk about suicide - a guide for professionals


Conversations about suicide with individuals and in community settings can be an important way of increasing support and contributing to the wellbeing of those impacted.

When initiating a community or individual discussion about suicide in a CALD community, there are various risk factors and vulnerabilities to take into account that result from the diversity of cultures and variation within communities.

This resource provides some practical tips for professionals to refer to when talking about suicide with CALD individuals, families and communities. The following information is intended to supplement the existing Conversations Matter resources and has been designed for people working in professional or leadership roles with communities in a range of settings.

This resource was developed through consultation with CALD community members and professionals, and in partnership with the Transcultural Mental Health Centre and Mental Health Commission of New South Wales.

Given that no community is the same and there is great diversity within cultures, our team has developed the resources based on a set of core principles .These may also be useful to consider alongside the fact sheets and podcasts.

Supporting links

Crisis support services

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Lifeline 13 11 14

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

beyondblue 1300 22 4636

Transcultural services

Transcultural Mental Health Centre NSW  

Translating and Interpreting Service National

Mental Health in Multicultural Australia