Indigenous Wellbeing Course
What is the aim of the 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 is designed to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a Mental Health Professional. The aim of the course is that people who participate will gain better control over their symptoms, improve their confidence and get back to living a full and satisfying life.
What is involved?
The Indigenous Wellbeing Course consists of 5 lessons over an eight week period. 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 destructive 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 are afraid of
- Stories of how other Indigenous Australians have recovered
- How to stay well once the course has finished
Who is this course suitable for?
The course is designed for Indigenous adults aged 18 and older with symptoms of depression and anxiety. This includes people who experience symptoms of stress, low mood and depression as well as those who may be experiencing social anxiety, panic attacks or general worry. Participating in the course is recommended to those who have at least four hours a week to spend working on the course and practicing the skills taught.
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 course is not suitable for those who are currently suicidal, do not have access to the internet or who are not Australian residents. This course is not recommended for people who are currently accessing regular psychological treatment for anxiety or depression. 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.
You can find out if you are eligible for this course by taking completing our MindSpot Online Screening Assessment.
- Over 200 Indigenous people have used the Wellbeing Course and the Indigenous Wellbeing Course at the MindSpot Clinic
- 95% of people said they would recommend the course
- On average Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression reduced by 40-50%
Joining the Indigenous Wellbeing Course is easy.
To learn more details about our treatment courses, click here.
Then, complete a MindSpot Clinic Online Screening Assessment. This will provide you with information about your symptoms and treatment options. If it is suitable for your symptoms, you will then get access to the next Indigenous Wellbeing Course.
If you do not have access to the Internet, please call us on 1800 61 44 34 to begin your assessment.
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.