National Talk Black 230224

National Talk Black 230224

On todays National Talkblack via NIRS – National Indigenous Radio Service we have:

Josh Creamer, Barrister of Waanyi and Kalkadoon descent, talking about his involvement with a dedicated group of friends that are gearing up for a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, all in the name of raising deadly funds for Black Dog Institute’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Center. Led by Joshua Creamer and Dr Clinton Schultz, Director of First Nations Strategy and Partnerships at Black Dog Institute, the Blak Trekkers mission is clear: to raise $50,000 for Black Dog Institute’s First Nations Lived Experience Center – the first of its kind in Australia and internationally.

Merinda Dickson, The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Healths Chief Operating Officer, talking about Improved Access to Culturally Informed Indigenous Mental Health Care. Advancements in Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention for Indigenous Australia are set to transpire with The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health (Jilya) being awarded funding to sustain their groundbreaking research efforts and Indigenous psychology scholarship program with a $4.3M grant from Paul Ramsay Foundation (PRF).

Jo Campbell, Silver Lining School Ficks Crossing Principal, talking about the Silver Lining Foundation working to give a sense of purpose to Indigenous youth in Queensland. From teaching students how to grow vegetables, rear livestock, tan hides and undertake burn-offs, Jo says her main priority is “keeping the kids alive”. When a cluster of suicides occurred in 2021, community members pleaded for services to not only focus on physical health, but also on “more therapeutic stuff”, such as getting young people back into culture. Silver Lining abides by that ethos.

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