Set goals and co-produce case plans with Indigenous clients using digital mental health tools

Set goals and co-produce case plans with Indigenous clients using digital mental health tools

These excellent online goal setting resources are on the WellMob website to use with clients.

Take a Step Resources from Headspace

This printable pdf from Headspace’s Take a Step resources Headspace’s campaign is called the Stronger You Wheel. It is a great activity to map out the different aspects that make up wellbeing and fits with the social and emotional wellbeing framework.

It can facilitate conversations with a client about their life and wellbeing by identifying what their strengths are and what areas need some focus to improve.

To use it, the client writes in the inner circle the things that they currently do that are positive for their wellbeing and help to keep them feeling balanced, well, and strong.  In the inner circle, ask them to write the things that keep them strong under each of the topic headings. In the outer circle they can identify things they would like to do more often to strengthen their wellbeing.  In a different colour they can write things that get in the way of feeling well and strong or what can contribute negatively to their wellbeing for that section.

This helps identify their goals for holistic wellbeing.

This resource also has several short videos under the headspace Take A Step campaign which you could watch with the client to explore how the goal setting might work for them.

Example of what this could look like for someone:

The ‘Strong Body’ section of the Stronger You Wheel

The inner circle of what the client is already doing that is positive for their wellbeing could be walking 20mins every day for physical and mental health benefits.

The outer circle of what they have identified they could do more of could be ‘turn up for footy training consistently each week’.

The ‘what gets in the way’

example might be smoking cigarettes/vaping that negatively impacts health and wellbeing.

The sections of the Stronger You Wheel fit with the Social and Emotional Wellbeing framework and match the WellMob website’s main topic tiles. This can help you find other online resources to match up with the goal setting and help address other wellbeing topics that arise in this activity. Using online wellbeing resources can help to limit the shame and stigma that these conversations sometimes raise.

Here is a short cut to the Resource Sheets For Workers which showcase the top resources on the WellMob website that you can use when goal setting for common wellbeing matters.

An online resource from the WellMob website that can accompany this topic

Choose vape free is a series of short videos that shows how vapes harm health and fitness and the environment.  This can help the client understand the health impacts on their fitness and their ability to play footy.

When writing goals, it is helpful to make them SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and set with a Timeframe. This can increase the likelihood that goals will be achieved.

Using the example of quitting smoking cigarettes:

The smart goal could be written as: “to reduce cigarette use by 5 smokes a day each month starting January, then stop smoking completely by May 2024.”

This daily quit smoking journal called Keep our place a smoke free space journal and wall chart is a great resource to keep on track of achieving this goal by breaking the big goal down into smaller goals which can help keep accountable.

Another goal setting resource is the Journey to Self-Healing Book

Journey to your Self-Healing Book

It acts as a diary and guide for people to create monthly goals and plans for their healing journey. It includes healthy recipes, wellbeing tips, affirmations and colouring pages. It also allows the person to list wellbeing contacts, appointment notes and medications.

This online resource is a great way to record and keep track of goals that are set early in the year and the Stronger You Wheel helped to identify areas of wellbeing that need more work. These can turn into monthly goals to write in the booklet to help keep on track and for personal accountability. Evidence shows we are much more likely to achieve our goals by the simple act of writing it down.

HOT TIP! Try using the Stronger You Wheel exercise yourself before sharing it with your First Nations client so you can share your experience with them.

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