The Yarns for Life Program was developed following a needs analysis commissioned by the ACT Health. The course was developed by Professor Chris Sarra, leading indigenous educator and 2016 NAIDOC person of the year, and ConNetica directors Marion Wands and Adjunct Professor John Mendoza with input form the University of Sunshine Coast. Initial funding for the development was provided by the Qld Mental Health Commission. The program was trialed in Bundaberg and Canberra, evaluated and then rolled out in communities in Queensland, the NT and ACT.
This training provides participants with:
> An understanding of the unique factors contributing to thoughts of suicide for Indigenous people
> A strengths based approach to social support and suicide intervention
> The skills and knowledge to identify signs and debunk social myths
> An awareness of the prevalence of mental illness and suicide in Australia generally and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
> Tailored Indigenous mental health conversation planning tools
> A list of suitable referral, support options and resources at local and national levels.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Rural and remote communities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- Early intervention
- Health promotion
- Evidence Based