Within a mental health care setting, consumers, carers and practitioners are required to comprehend and express difficult and often subtle meanings concerned with emotional experiences and interpersonal relationships.
Gaining an accurate exchange of information and transmission of meaning by working with an interpreter is therefore necessary and important for creating meaningful encounters and avoiding risks.
Benefits of working with professional interpreters include the following:
enables consumers /carers to discuss personal information and their psychological well being
optimises involvement of the consumer/carer in their own care
ensures an accurate understanding of the consumer/carer’s needs and concerns
reduces social isolation
enhances accurate assessment
ensures accurate risk assessment