Quilting stories and embracing culture: an arts-informed narrative inquiry exploring the experiences of an older Chinese Canadian immigrant with depression
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Chinese immigrants tend to underutilize mental health services. Cultural and linguistic barriers may discourage Chinese immigrants from accessing these services. Yet, a paucity of qualitative research that explores the experiences of older Chinese Canadian immigrants with depression exists in the mental health literature. This study explored how older Chinese immigrants (age 55+) experience depression, and what their stories reveal about the sources of mental health support that they use. Using arts-informed narrative inquiry methods, I conducted a series of five research sessions with a co-participant from the Chinese Canadian community in the Greater Toronto Area. Narrative patterns regarding identity, voice, and communication, as well as a prominent narrative thread of relationship, emerged from my co-participant’s story. This study illustrates the heterogeneity that exists within this group, and illuminates the value of a person-centered and culturally safe approach to providing mental healthcare to older Chinese immigrants with depression.