Visions - Culture

PDF | Vol. 9, No. 4 (2014)

Culture can be any group’s shared values or beliefs, whether the group is linked by ethnicity, age, gender, life experiences, and all of the places in between. Culture is reflected in everything from how we act to what our media tells us. People have many different cultural identities at the same time, bringing a diversity of voices to any one group. Culture brings belonging and connectedness to something bigger, which is an important part of everyone’s well-being.  Our cultures adapt to new ideas and challenge old assumptions. They can bridge gaps and bring people together. Culture ultimately influences how we see the world including health and mental health and how we seek help. In this issue of Visions, learn to unpack what you take for granted and celebrate our diverse experiences--and our shared connections.