Authors: Bruce Lee Arthur King, NT
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: PERSONAL EXPERIENCES, NORTHERN TERRITORY, INDIGENOUS CULTURE, ABORIGINAL, Personal Stories: Suicidality & other things
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Over the past decade or more, a lot of work has been done in the Northern Territory to try to improve on-the-ground services to address primary mental health issues in remote communities. I believe the treatment method of Aboriginal mental health has been overused and a focus of promotion and prevention needs to be encouraged - maybe targeting the next generation. As someone who grew up in remote Aboriginal communities, I have seen the negative impact which results from the lack of service. However, there is a shift in mindset that has occurred through a two way sharing of knowledge between traditional elders and the younger generation. Belonging to the younger Australian Indigenous generation and growing up in a multicultural society, it is a common trend and need within my generation to help bridge the gap between our cultural roots and the mass absorption of western mores within our communities. In saying this I mean experiencing and articulating what Aboriginal culture is before it is lost to a contemporary Australian viewpoint. A personal touch on my presentation will be given by moving through my life experiences working as an advocate for the well-being of Aboriginal people and looking at the mental health problem from the inside-out.