MindSpot Indigenous Wellbeing Course - MindSpot Clinic

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MindSpot Indigenous Wellbeing Course

The Indigenous Wellbeing Course is designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged 18 years and over to learn to manage mild, moderate and severe symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The Indigenous Wellbeing Course aims to support you to gain better control over your symptoms by learning core skills that will improve your confidence, and help you get back to living a full and satisfying life. ​

The Indigenous Wellbeing Course consists of five lessons over an eight-week period. It is designed to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a mental health professional. You can choose to receive weekly therapist support during the course, or you can choose to contact us when you need to. The course aims to help people break unhelpful habits and learn the following core psychological skills:​

  • How to recognise the cycle of symptoms involved in anxiety and depression
  • How to recognise and challenge unhelpful thoughts and beliefs
  • How to recognise and manage physical symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • How to gain confidence by learning to safely confront things you have been avoiding
  • Stories of how other Indigenous Australians have recovered
  • How to stay well once the course has finished

This course aims to teach practical psychological skills, in a culturally respectful way. The stories and images are powerful and have been created and provided by Indigenous Australians for Indigenous Australians. We have an Indigenous mental health professional in our team at MindSpot who will be available to assist you whilst participating in the course.​

The Indigenous Wellbeing Course is recommended for people who:​

  • Are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged 18 years and older
  • Are Australian residents
  • Are experiencing symptoms of low mood, depression, social anxiety, panic attacks or general worry
  • Have at least four hours a week to spend working on the course and practising the skills

The Indigenous Wellbeing Course is not suitable for people who:

If you have very severe symptoms we strongly recommend that you see a GP and a psychologist and/or psychiatrist or Indigenous mental health worker for assessment and treatment.

We strongly recommend you discuss your participation in this course with your GP and other health professionals. Maintaining a good working relationship with your GP is essential and they can help you decide whether this program is going to be suitable for you.

You can find out if you are eligible for this course by completing our MindSpot Online Assessment.

  • More than 200 Australians have used the Wellbeing Course and the Indigenous Wellbeing Course at MindSpot.
  • 95% of people say they would recommend the course.
  • On average, people’s symptoms of anxiety and depression reduced by 40–50%.

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Development of the Indigenous Wellbeing Course was partly funded by a Project Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). We acknowledge the support of many people and groups including Warawara, Macquarie University, in developing this course. This course was modified by Carlie Schofield, a Yuin woman from the South Coast of NSW.​