This webinar explores both risk factors and protective behaviours for Aboriginal peoples experiencing mental health issues by addressing the critical issues outlined below. These include grief about the loss of culture, land, connection; and many more areas; often connected to Australia’s history of invasion.
Participants will learn about:
- Stolen Generations: The impact of the past Stolen Generations and ongoing removal of children puts a lot of mental pressure on people.
- Trauma: Trauma is a huge factor in Aboriginal health and an agent for many health conditions. If unresolved, trauma can debilitate a person and be passed on to the next generation.
- Loss of identity and culture: When Aboriginal people are separated from their culture and identity, for example when they don’t live on their traditional homelands or don’t know where they come from, they don’t feel complete and may search for who they are.
- Discrimination and racism: Discrimination based on race or culture, as well as racism, can have a huge impact on any person’s mental health.
Clinicians, social workers, community organisation workers, health professionals, youth workers, child and family workers and counsellors with any level of experience.
About the presenter
Melinda Brown is a Ngunnawal woman who resides in the Northern Rivers Bundjalung Nation and has a Masters in Indigenous Healing and Trauma. She is the Director of Spirit Dreaming Education and Training Solutions and Australian Family Group Conferencing, and is an experienced consultant and trainer, developing and delivering training and workshops for government and corporate businesses.
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This webinar was recorded in February 2023.