Fremantle: making room for indigenous youth drive


Headspace’s Wellness Through Connection team Scott Donatti, Sarah Porter, Kaitlyn Berry, Leah McCann with
Headspace’s Wellness Through Connection team Scott Donatti, Sarah Porter, Kaitlyn Berry, Leah McCann with "Beans", Lara Steel, Teneille Williams, Dominique Post and Zoe Bennett.

A GROWING need for more culturally inclusive mental health services has led headspace Fremantle to develop a new program to help indigenous youth connect with their culture.

The Wellness Through Connection to Country program aims to give local indigenous youth easier access to cultural activities, mentoring and learning their ancestral language.

Headspace Fremantle manager Lara Steel said the cultural health of young people was important during adolescence.

“While it is important for all of us to develop a strong sense of identity and to find a place in the world where we fit, for our indigenous communities this has been made a much harder proposition,” she said.

“It is very well documented that at times in the past Aboriginal communities have been on the receiving end of policies and actions which actively sought to subvert and dismantle their cultural identity.

“The legacy of this in communities is that the journey towards having a solid identity is that much more difficult for many young people.”

There will be a gala in Fremantle next month to raise funds for the new program.

The event includes a five-star dinner from chef Mark Olive and live music and comedy entertainment.

The Karnarj Wongin Gala will be held at the Raw Kitchen on September 17.

Visit www.headspacefremantlegala.com.au for more information.