The social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous youth

Reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice

This report contains a synthesis of learnings from in depth case studies with six programs that explicitly aim to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people through art and mural making, caring for country, cultural celebration, school programs and mentoring.

The project began with the recognition that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people experience life circumstances that seriously challenge their social and emotional wellbeing and limit their capacity to fulfill their life potential. This most likely contributes to and results from the visible disparities across most measures of health, education, employment and involvement in the justice system.

The aim of this project was to obtain a deeper and broader understanding of current knowledge in this area and translate this understanding into practical and useful information to enhance policy, resource allocation decisions and practice.

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MODERATOR: How does your program help the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people? How do you incorporate culture in this process?