‘Seek mental health support that is available’

By Indira Laisram
Kamini Saberwal

An actor, emcee and a former Mrs India International winner, Kamini Saberwal has been the face of many national ad campaigns such as the Royal Children’s Hospital and 11 Isparta Property Group. Currently, as Multicultural Ambassador 2020 for Mental Health Foundation Australia, Saberwal says during the current pandemic, it is all the more important to talk about mental health and seek help.

When were you appointed Multicultural Ambassador for Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA)?

I was appointed Multicultural Ambassador 2020 for the MHFA this February. While I have been fundraising for a few organisations over the last few years, this is an ongoing association where I have the opportunity to contribute towards a cause very close to my heart—mental health awareness.

What does the role entail?

In my role as MHFA Ambassador, the focus is two fold: the first is building awareness around mental health and the second is reducing the stigma attached to talking about it and seeking help for mental health issues.

Australia is a beautiful country with people of various cultures and backgrounds residing here. It is the role of the multicultural ambassadors try to reach out to all communities. In my day-to-day life, I interact with a diverse range of people, be it in my day job as an HR professional, or in my role as emcee and actor, or interactions with family and friends. These are all opportunities to reach out and promote the importance of mental wellbeing.

A lot of organizations are doing work to help people with mental health issues? What are some of the work that you are doing particularly in relation to COVID-19?

Discussions and concerns around the coronavirus outbreak and practicing self-isolation can be stressful and impact our mental health and wellbeing. There is constant news and an overwhelming amount of information about the situation that can also cause anxiety.

Personally, I have focused on spreading awareness about mental health support and lending a helping ear when someone I know needs it.

MHFA has a national mental health helpline, a range of support groups, telephone referral service and educational seminars as well as a host of Covid-19 related resources on their website.

Anyone who needs help should not hesitate and seek support that is available.

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