Nurturing the wellbeing of Aboriginal youth

Runtime 00:25:53
Released 13/5/24
Emerging Minds Podcast
Emerging Minds Podcast
Nurturing the wellbeing of Aboriginal youth

In this thought-provoking podcast episode, Kahli Regan and Tannielle McHugh, offer profound insights into the challenges and triumphs of Aboriginal youth in the realm of mental health. Drawing on their personal experiences and cultural backgrounds, these dynamic voices delve into the importance of building authentic connections, acknowledging intergenerational trauma and fostering resilience within Aboriginal communities. Join us in exploring the power of storytelling, the significance of cultural identity and the essential role practitioners play in shaping a positive future for Aboriginal youth in Australia. Through their narratives, illuminate the path toward holistic wellbeing and the transformative impact of embracing Aboriginal voices in the mental health discourse.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • authentic connections and genuine listening are crucial for practitioners working with Aboriginal youth in mental health for fostering trust and creating a safe space to share experiences. [08:53]
  • including Aboriginal young people’s voices in programs and services is vital for addressing the unique challenges and strengths within their communities. [11:20]
  • intergenerational trauma and actions which weaken cultural identity can negatively impact Aboriginal wellbeing, emphasising the need for holistic and culturally-informed approaches in mental health practices. [12:35]
  • building resilience, nurturing cultural pride and continuity, and fostering a sense of belonging are essential components in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal young people. [13:31]
  • the transformative power of storytelling, combined with a strengths-based approach, plays a significant role in bridging Indigenous and Western knowledges for a brighter future in mental health services for Aboriginal youth. [21:12]

Further information and resources:

Listen to our voices and our stories: Including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in decisions that impact them (coming soon)

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