Yarning up Strong, Healing our Youth

The Resilient Youth team was funded by the Northern Territory Primary Health Network to work with the broader youth sector to build leadership and enhance capacity for responding to the mental health needs of Aboriginal youth, especially in response to suicidal behaviours. A key objective of the project was to produce resources that could help youth workers address particular issues that are affecting the wellbeing of Aboriginal youth. A youth-led community-based participatory action research model was adopted in partnership with GREATS Youth Service in Maningrida, Arnhem Land to identify gaps in existing services and resources in collaboration with other youth services in the NT. This culminated in a youth forum, ‘Yarning up Strong, Healing our Youth’ held in May, 2016 in Katherine. The consultations will form part of a discussion paper and has informed the development of two resources.

The Resilient Youth team hosted a collaboration between GREATS and Indigenous Hip Hop projects who facilitated a youth-led approach to a hip hop song and video to promote positive responses to the challenges that young people face. The video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T85KkTms-XE&feature=youtube. The video has been used in youth workshops and schools around Arnhem Land.

TRAKZ, a social and emotional learning resource dealing with teasing and bullying, has been developed and is being piloted. The design and content has been informed by the voices of young people from the consultations and has involved a youth-led Advisory Group who have spearheaded the development of the resource.

Contact: Bernard Leckning

Project Team: Pauline Cook, Linel Franck, Bernard Leckning