A new culturally safe resource is supporting Aboriginal people in the Goldfields to access mental health services with easy-to-understand referral and access pathways.
The Kepa Kurl Keeping Strong booklet provides information about mental health, what it looks like for Aboriginal people, how it feels, and guidance on support available.
Developed by Escare Family and Community Service, this resource is a result of extensive consultation with Aboriginal groups and service providers in the Goldfields.
Escare Family and Community Service Executive Officer, Jo Aberle, said offering a locally developed and culturally safe resource allows familiar connection at first glance and is an important part of supporting Aboriginal people in crisis.
“It also assists family and friends to understand how they can help and where to get help from local service providers,” she said.
WA Primary Health Alliance Regional Integration Manager, Sarah Brown, met recently with the local Aboriginal women involved in the creation of the resource.
“It was so rewarding to hear from those at the coalface that this resource is providing culturally appropriate pathways for local Aboriginal people to access the right mental health support, in the right safe place, at the right time,” she said.
“Aboriginal people in Esperance felt their voices weren’t being heard and this project gave us the opportunity to help other Aboriginal people needing mental health support. This booklet provides a simple and easy pathway to seek the appropriate help.” Colleen Frost
“Many Aboriginal families experiencing mental health issues now have a simple to understand booklet to help them find the right service in our community. There is help out there if you need it.” Zandy Bonney
This resource has been made possible through funding provided by the Australian Government under the PHN Program.