Reconciliation Week is an annual event promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, encouraging reflection, understanding, and taking action towards addressing the injustices faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This week commemorates many important milestones in the reconciliation journey, beginning with the 1967 referendum, and finishing on June 3rd, known as Mabo Day.
The theme for Reconciliation Week changes each year to highlight various aspects of the reconciliation journey. This year the theme is ‘Be a Voice for Generations’, encouraging all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in our everyday lives.
Mental health is a crucial aspect of reconciliation as we consider the impacts of historical and ongoing injustices faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Reconciliation Week sheds light on the impact of historical traumas on the mental health of Indigenous communities. It’s a time to raise awareness, promote healing, and harness the power of digital resources for accessible and culturally sensitive support.
There are a range of digital mental health resources out there designed for and by Indigenous communities offering crisis and counselling support, mental health and wellbeing support, family support, and enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians connection to culture and country for overall wellbeing. These resources provide culturally sensitive care, focusing on social, emotional and cultural wellbeing specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Crisis Support and Counselling
Telephone and online counselling services providing emotional and practical support for First Nations people experiencing distress or needing someone to talk to.
Brother to Brother Crisis Line
1800 435 799
Phone support for Aboriginal men who need someone to talk to about relationship issues, family violence, parenting, drug and alcohol issues, or who are struggling to cope for other reasons.
1800 805 801
Australia’s only Indigenous led and controlled suicide postvention service, providing emotional and practical support to families impacted by a loss from suicide or other fatal traumatic incidents.
1800 959 563
A national 24/7 helpline for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, established by Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS).
Connecting to Culture and Country
Digital mental health resources supporting First Nations people’s connection to culture, country and community.
A cultural resource portal to support First Nations young people in out-of-home care connect to their culture, country, and community.
Sleep stories from First Nations storytellers.
HitNet Community Hub
An online kiosk delivering culturally appropriate health and social information to Australia’s hardest-to-reach communities.
A range of animated videos exploring education, health, law, and money. The videos are in English and many dialects of the traditional Aboriginal language.
Find more online wellbeing resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the WellMob website at https://wellmob.org.au/, including;
- Social Media
- Online Counselling, and more.
The WellMob website links frontline health and wellbeing workers with culturally relevant social and emotional wellbeing resources to use with their clients in Indigenous communities, and their own wellbeing. They have also produced a range of training resources to support non-Indigenous workers to learn more about culturally secure practices.