Enhancing mental health in the Gascoyne region

Published on Tuesday, 26 July 2022 at 8:13:35 AM

Red Dust Healing men’s group

The GRAMS recently delivered another Red Dust Healing workshop in Carnarvon to promote mental health and wellbeing for men. The workshops took place over two days on the 12th and 13th of July to provide educational and information sessions in a culturally safe environment at the Gascoyne Outreach Service.  


The Red Dust Healing is a cultural-based program aimed at improving mental health awareness among Aboriginal men. The program is designed to empower and equip men with the tools they need to address the issues that are important to their own lives and deal with any persistent patterns of negative behaviour.


Local community members were encouraged to share their stories and confront the areas in their lives that are affecting their mental health, including drug and alcohol, relationships, family violence, grievance and loss, stress and anxiety, anger management, education and social issues, as well as impacts of colonisation. Participants were asked to express their feelings and discuss their views in a culturally safe space without stigma.


The GRAMS Suicide Prevention team also facilitated the Carnarvon Suicide Prevention Community meeting on the 14th of July to discuss local strategies and ideas to enhance the community’s resilience and strengthen mental health.


Held at the Carnarvon PCYC, the group collaborated on many ideas for enhancing mental health awareness and inspiring community members to support local suicide prevention initiatives. It was a great opportunity to yarn with local community members and discuss ways in which we can tackle suicide in the Gascoyne region.

Red Dust Healing workshop at the Gascoyne Outreach Service

Carnarvon Suicide Prevention Community meeting at the PCYC

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