CALD Child and Adolescent Mental Health



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About this resource

This resource is a guidance document for health providers working in a mental health context with CALD children and adolescents and their families from Asian, Middle Eastern and African backgrounds

The purpose of this resource is to support primary health, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), child and family services, and youth health services and practitioners to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide culturally appropriate mental health care to CALD children and young people and their families.

The aim is to:

  • Promote culturally appropriate mental health services and support for CALD children, adolescents and their families.

  • Improve health practitioner’s understanding of cultural:

    • explanatory models of health and illness

    • cultural perceptions of mental health disorders

    • somatic presentations and culture-bound syndromes

  • Culturally appropriate approaches to assessing and treating children and adolescents with mental health disorders and their families.

  • Provide culturally appropriate assessment and screening tools for CALD children and adolescents and their families.

  • Learn how to engage and collaborate with CALD children, adolescents and families to achieve good outcomes.


Waitematā District Health Board

Recommended background learning


Additionally, it is highly recommended that the readers of this resource will:

Additional valuable information on working in a culturally competent way with migrants, refugees and interpreters can be found in the following CALD courses and supplementary resources:

Supplementary resources with culture-specific information, case scenarios, tips, guidelines and approaches to supplement the above courses:

  • Cross-Cultural Resource for Health Practitioners Working with CALD patients
  • Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Working with Religious Diversity
  • Working with CALD families - Disability Awareness
  • Working with Asian mental health clients
  • Working with Middle Eastern and African mental health clients
  • CALD Family Violence Resource for Health Practitioners: Working with Asian, Middle Eastern and African women 
  • Maternal Health for CALD Women: Resource for health providers working with Asian, Middle Eastern and African women 
  • Caring for Asian Children: Resource for health providers working with Asian families [pdf].

To access the above courses you need to check your eligibility and how to register/enrol.

Citation information


Published: August 2018, by Waitemata District Health Board, eCALD® Services.

Authors: Dr Annette Mortensen and Sue Lim

ISBN 978-0-473-40221-1 (Paperback)

ISBN 978-0-473-40222-8 (PDF)

Suggested citation: Waitemata DHB, eCALD® Services (2018). CALD Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resource. Auckland: WDHB, eCALD® Services.

© Waitematā District Health Board (WDHB).

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