'Yarning about Mental Health' during International Mental Health Week

A new booklet, supported by the Menzies School of Health Research (MSHR), which uses pictures and traditional aboriginal stories to identify and explain mental health problems has been developed by researchers for use in remote Top End aboriginal communities.

The booklet, 'Yarning about Mental Health', is part of a suite of tools which will improve the way in which Aboriginal Mental Health Workers explain some of the causes, symptoms and treatments of mental health problems to people in their communities.

The booklet talks about aspects of aboriginal life and culture which can help those suffering from metal health problems 'stay strong'. An example of a 'stay strong' plan developed by a young mother in a community with the help of the project team is

'Things that keep me strong are Tiwi dancing and hunting and going to country and work and bush tucker like mangrove worms - which do everything good inside and are good for milk for baby. Family worry and violence and memory problems and not enough exercise and not sleeping and cigarettes take my strength away. I want to change and learn more about culture. So I can speak more language and pass it on to the kids. I want to learn about corroboree. I want to understand when they sing in ceremony. I want to stop fighting and arguing too.'

At the launch of the booklet during International Mental Health Week at the third AIMHI NT (Australian Integrated Mental Health Initiative in the Northern Territory) Seminar, MSHR researcher Tricia Nagel said that the diagnosis and treatment of mental health was a crucial part of the total wellbeing of entire Indigenous communities.

"The factors contributing to mental health are complex and no one issue can be viewed in isolation drugs, violence, alcohol and social disadvantages are just some of the many factors which can contribute to an individuals' mental health and well-being" Ms Nagel said.

"It is important that we com

Contact: Julie Carmichael
Research Australia

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Medical residents unclear about TB guidelines
2. Threats to hope -- Desperation affects reasoning about product information
3. Men worry more about penile size than women, says 60-year-old research review
4. New mothers often not asked about depression, UNC survey finds
5. Smart mice teach scientists about learning process, brain disorders
6. Fatalistic beliefs about cancer cause many to ignore cancer prevention advice
7. Food and drink, and what it says about us
8. Forensic pathologists tell physiologists what they know about death and what puzzles them
9. Medical students should be taught about rape
10. Survey reveals misperceptions about Alzheimers among African-American and Hispanic caregivers
11. What do we know about asthma in Africa?

Post Your Comments:

(Date:2/19/2020)... , ... February 19, 2020 , ... ... and consistency of healthcare delivery, announced that it will participate in the ... Orlando, Florida. BPM+ Health will engage healthcare professionals and other stakeholders at HIMSS20 ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... February 19, 2020 , ... SEAL SHIELD, LLC - Almost ... of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs.) According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 80% of ... amount of screens that are now acting as an extension of people’s hands, but ...
(Date:2/16/2020)... ... February 16, 2020 , ... Accumen Inc., the leader ... AABB and The Joint Commission to provide a complimentary series of Patient Blood ... coordinators and transfusion safety officers) within U.S. hospitals. , “Accumen’s mission ...
(Date:2/15/2020)... ... February 14, 2020 , ... ... Baptist Easley Hospital , a member of Prisma Health, providing a comprehensive ... the world-class hospital was able to cut its monthly laundry management costs in ...
(Date:2/15/2020)... ... February 14, 2020 , ... It all started back in ... drawing these heart-shaped characters and knew she was on to something special. The ... navigate through any life challenge including a health condition or illness, a disability or ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... ... Drs. Mario Canal and Ben Calem will host the Pinnacle Dental Study ... The course features guest speaker, Dr. Amanda Seay, and will focus on aesthetic dentistry ... full mouth dental implants, are a major focus at Canal Calem Periodontics as ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... 19, 2020 , ... The Team Type 1 Foundation, a nonprofit organization pursuing ... by diabetes, announced a partnership with VeloCity, a fundraising ride benefiting Grady Hospital, around ... takes place on May 2nd and begins on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium field and ends ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... 19, 2020 , ... The Edvocate, an online education magazine, ... people with disabilities. , The Edvocate highlighted institutions that have multiple programs, ... education. AIC placed in the top ten with the following statement issued by ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: