Social and emotional health is part of every person’s wellbeing. It’s about how we feel about ourselves and how we deal with conflict, anxiety, stress and depression.
Grief and loss arising from the past act of the Stolen Generations is believed also to be a contributing factor for many of the social issues, mental health problems and high rates of suicide Indigenous people encounter today.
The Family Life Promotion program provides counselling and referral support for Yarrabah clients who are dealing anxiety, depression, mental health problems and/or who are risk of suicide/self harm. We respond to assist and provide ongoing support to individuals and families in a suicide crisis. We also strive to increase awareness and prevention around suicide and social and emotional wellbeing for individuals, families, groups and the wider community.
Clients can be referred by health professionals, the police, or concerned family, friends and community members.
We work closely with the social and emotional health team within Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services, local Priests and Pastors, Yarrabah Police, as well as the Mental Health unit within Yarrabah Health Service and are part of the Cairns Suicide Committee.
There is a Yarrabah Community Flow Chart which is a guide to assisting people in a crisis situation, and who to contact in the event of an emergency. A Community Contact List of volunteers is also available.
Life Promotion Officers are on call 24 hours, 7 days a week.
In an emergency call 000.