It is well documented that youth today experience significant mental health issues related to bullying, social isolation and unemployment. Aboriginal youth are often burdened with additional and unique stressors such as loss of cultural identity, intergenerational trauma, complex family environments, racism and poverty.
The Assertive Outreach Team has successfully secured Mandurah Mental Health Funding to organize 3 day Cultural Camp in June, for Aboriginal youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at risk of social and emotional wellbeing issues. The aim of the cultural camp is to improve the social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of Aboriginal youth participants.
Participants will undertake activities that strengthen their cultural identity and connectedness with country and community and foster their relationships with their peers. We will also support the young people to develop a greater awareness of mental health issues and support services available to them through informal interaction and workshops with participating services.
Collaborating with local services and with 2 local Aboriginal leaders on site, we aim to provide culturally appropriate support to help participants reconnect with culture by teaching youth how to respect the land, support the development of cultural identity and look at family connections and structures. Alongside this camp participants will be introduced to local service providers such as Nidjalla Waaangan Mia, Halls Head Community College, Palmerston, Department of Communities, and the City of Mandurah to help them develop any networks they need to support them.
With a range of fun and challenging activities, we are looking forward to this event and bringing you an update after the camp.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.