This year’s NAIDOC theme – Get up! Stand up! Show up! – encourages all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.
In honour of NAIDOC week, we have compiled a list of digital mental health resources made by or with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These resources were developed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders relating to mental health and wellbeing, incorporating culture, history and lived experience from First Nations communities. Resources that are made by or with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders incorporate Indigenous perspectives on mental health and wellbeing which is more of a holistic view making these resources more culturally appropriate and responsive.
WellMob is an online social and emotional wellbeing resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It includes a range of resources including apps, websites, audio, documents, social media, videos and online counselling. These resources are organised under 6 categories; Mind, Body, Our Mob, Culture, Keeping Safe and Healing to help frontline health and wellbeing workers easily access relevant resources to use with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
The website was developed by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and eMHPrac under the guidance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health workers.
13 92 76 (available 24/7)
An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crisis support line funded by the Australian Government and developed in collaboration with Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia and Lifeline. The service is designed, led, and delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across varying demographics, connecting callers with people who will understand where they are coming from and will listen without judgment or shame.
Brother to Brother Crisis Line
1800 435 799 (available 24/7)
The Brother to Brother Crisis Line is a 24 hour phone support line for Aboriginal men seeking support with relationship issues, family violence, parenting, drug and alcohol issues, or struggling to cope for other reasons. The crisis line is staffed entirely by Aboriginal men with lived experience, including Elders.
An online resource developed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living on Wadawurrung Country. It is designed to support Aboriginal people seeking information or support about harmful behaviours from a partner or family member. They provide a culturally safe space to help users determine their needs, plan for their safety, and seek healing and wellbeing.
Find out more about Burndawan on the WellMob website at https://wellmob.org.au/key-resources/resources/39045/?title=Burndawan&contentid=39045_1
iTalk Studios aims to educate, empower and connect people through storytelling, pictures, and song. They create animated videos in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on education, health, law, and money. These videos aim to share information in a way that is inclusive of language and culture, offered in a range of traditional Aboriginal language dialects and international languages.
Available for download on Google Play Store.
Kudiji is an app developed by Australian Indigenous Elders, based on stories, ceremonies, and law, to save young Indigenous lives. The app aims to help young people reconnect with language, skin name, ceremony and law to increase resilience by creating a sense of belonging.
Find out more about Kurdiji on the WellMob website at https://wellmob.org.au/key-resources/resources/38769/?title=Kurdiji+1.0+%5Bapp%5D&contentid=38769_1
Stay Strong App
The Stay Strong app is a motivational care planning tool that assists health professionals to promote the wellbeing of Aboriginal clients. Developed by Aboriginal people as part of the Aboriginal and Islander Mental Health Initiative (AIMhi) the app aims to help Aboriginal health workers, allied health professionals and others consider their social supports, strengths, worries and goals or changes they’d like to make.
Find out more about Stay Strong on the WellMob website at https://wellmob.org.au/key-resources/resources/27981/?title=AIMhi+Stay+Strong+app+%5Bapp%5D&contentid=27981_1