Shelley S

Shelley. Social Worker. Mother.

“Until people’s attitudes towards mental health conditions change, the services and facilities can’t be improved.” 

What attracted you to working at One Door?

Mainly the values and culture of the organisation. The support from senior management is great and the team culture as well. I love it here. So far I've been in three different roles within the organisation, but the support I got from management in each role is great. It's just amazing. That's why I don't want to leave.

What are your professional goals? 

I'd like to contribute a lot more to the understanding of mental health in the Culturally And Linguistically Diverse community (CALD). For example, in Asian communities they still believe mental health is something wrong or it's a punishment. There is still a lot of stigma and that's why a lot of the people from Asian backgrounds won't seek any help until they reach a crisis point. I would like to increase their access to mental health services because at the moment the services are there, but they can't access them because of the language and culture barriers. 

What changes would you like to see for people living with mental illness in Australia?

I think first of all, attitude. Attitude of the community, attitude of professionals, attitude of service providers, and the attitude of the mainstream services as well. I think if people's attitude does not change then nothing's going to change. Until people's attitudes towards mental health conditions change, the services and facilities can’t be improved. I think the attitude change will lead to the behaviour change. I want to be part of the change.

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