Healing and Mental Health

Public forum and webinar

The Healing Foundation hosted the Healing and Mental Health Public Forum and Webinar on 11 August at the Museum of Sydney.

MC Anita Heiss and speakers Joan Dickson, Preston Campbell, Shondelle Bolt and Justin Files discussed the role healing has to play in addressing mental health issues in our community.

Joan Dickson has worked in western NSW for over 25 years supporting families and communities. Joan discussed the connection between intergenerational trauma and mental health in Bourke and Brewarrina and the links between healing and improved mental health outcomes.

NRL legend Preston Campbell spoke about his own experience of mental illness. During the height of his football career he suffered from depression and sought help. Preston talked about busting the myths associated with mental health and that it can no longer be taboo. Preston stressed that we must be honest with ourselves and others about the way we feel.

Shondelle Bolt works with Aboriginal Affairs as the Senior Project Officer Regional Coordination Directorate. Shondelle spoke about her own self-healing journey following a traumatic period in her life. She spoke about her connection to culture and spirit being her lifeline.

Justin Files specialises in the management of innovative community based Aboriginal health models. Justin spoke about the importance of community consultation and how mental health services can be a soft entry point into the health system.

Presentations were followed by a short Q&A session with questions coming from both the Sydney and online audiences.

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