ISLHD acknowledges that we are all on Aboriginal Land and recognises the strengths, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal peoples of this Land. Aboriginal people are recognised as caretakers, knowledge holders and the true custodians and owners of the Land on which we live and work. We pay our greatest respect to the Elders of this Land, and all Elders past, present and emerging.
Improving our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities’ mental health is a key priority for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local health District (ISLHD). Good mental health is vital if people are to reach their full potential, experience fulfilling relationships, and adapt and cope with challenging circumstances.
The Plan provides a three-year guide for how ISLHD can support the mental health and wellbeing of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We are committed to high quality and accessible local services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing mental ill health.
The ISLHD Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan importantly brings together the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, with other mental health staff, to deliver consumer focused, responsive and culturally sensitive care.
Do you need mental health or wellbeing support?
First Nations Mental Health Services and Supports Contacts (nsw.gov.au) is a list of support services or if you need a referral to a specialist mental health support, please call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.