The NSLHD Aboriginal Health Service recently held its second Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men’s Yarning Tea and Art Therapy session.
The day focused on connecting mob, yarning, painting and music.
Attendees discussed as a group ways to attract more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to the session as well as planning another Yarning Tea BBQ towards the end of the year.
As word of mouth travels across the district, it’s hoped numbers will continue to increase.
The yarning tea also is an opportunity for the participants to co-design a health check day program that is relevant to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
Social and emotional wellbeing is a priority and these sessions allow for men to openly discuss any issues affecting them.
The session also provides a platform to discuss many issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men such as Stolen Generations, psychological distress and drug and alcohol issues.