Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Programs
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island inequality is still indicated as having significant gaps in all areas, including health (ABS, 2007). Appalling living conditions and past traumas have led to high suicide rates that are having great impact on Indigenous communities (Korff,2016). The ABS (2015) indicated that data from 2011 to 2015 shows that intentional self-harm is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons between 15 and 34 years of age. The shocking statistics show that increased rates of suicide are between two and four times higher than those of non-Indigenous Australians in similar age groups (ABS, 2010).
Mind Blank is creatively committed to mental health education. We work with local communities to share local stories to help portray important key messages for young people all over Australia. Since 2016 we have been providing culturally appropriate and engaging mental health activities to many Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander youths across the top end of Australia.
We have also been successful in using Mind Blank theatre techniques to adapt our show content to work along side an annual tour to the Northern Territory to work in schools in the Darwin, Palmerston, including rural and remote communities.
A sample of service area's we are working with/have worked with before:
Darwin, Palmerston, Batchelor, Belyuen, Daly River, Gunbalanya and Jabiru. Including working in Tivendale School in Dondale Youth Detention Centre and the Malak re-engagement Centre .
Feedback from Teachers
“The actors were excellent in interacting with the students we have at our school. The show was the best I’ve seen in my 3 years at school… The topics covered were age appropriate and addressed the social skills we need in our area. Well done to everyone!! The students talked about the actors long after they had left. Their presence made a big impact on our students.”
“I asked some of my students what they got out of the performance and this is exactly what they said- there’s always someone to help- you just have to ask. You have to communicate if you want people to know how you feel and to help you.”
Shout out from Darwin High School.