Authors: Rosemary Beard, ACT
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Rose Beard’s life was at rock bottom. Following multiple suicide attempts and hospitalisations, Rose lost custody of her children. Rose found herself living in a humpy in the bush with no facilities and engaged to a violent partner. She was supported to leave this environment and taken to a high security women's refuge. The indigenous staff, professionals and new friends from a local mission drew alongside her; offering empathy, wisdom and support to help rebuild her life and persevere through 13 years of Family Law Court, to gain back custody of her children. Rose credits her recovery to the indigenous wisdom learnt from long years of suffering and struggle to rebuild lives and communities decimated by cultural genocide and stolen generation grief. Rose believes that indigenous wisdom is an untapped potential for Mental Health reform in Australia.