Harmony Place is a non-government community-based organisation providing mental health and wellbeing services specifically for people and communities from diverse cultural and language backgrounds.
We opened our doors in 1995 as the Multicultural Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing and became known as Harmony Place. We became an incorporated organisation in 2002.
Our staff are committed professionals with qualifications in social work, psychology and counselling. Many are bilingual and came to Australia as refugees and migrants and have experienced the mental health challenges associated with settlement, identity and acculturation. As they share this experience with the people who use our services, our staff are in a unique position to offer peer support as well as professional counselling.
Between staff and board members a variety of languages are spoken including Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chin, Creole, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Malay, Polish, Russian, Singhalese, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai and Tigrinya.
What we do
Harmony Place is a multicultural community-based organisation providing culturally sensitive services that promote mental health and wellbeing for people from diverse cultural and language backgrounds.
We offer case management and short term counselling services that:
- support people experiencing emotional distress
- empower people to recover from a mental illness
We offer early intervention and prevention programs that:
- increase mental health awareness in the multicultural community
- identify coping strategies for people at risk of emotional distress
- reduce the stigma and risk factors associated with mental illness.
We educate and connect with multicultural communities to:
- reduce social isolation
- strengthen and support resilience
- raise awareness of emotional distress and its impact on the person, family and community
- assist people to connect with the general community
We work with service providers and health practitioners to promote mental health practices that are:
- sensitive to diverse worldviews and experiences
- focused on recovery
- client-centred and inclusive
We partner with multicultural communities, service providers, government agencies and the private sector to empower people from diverse cultural and language backgrounds to proactively care for their mental health and wellbeing.