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Yarn Up Connecting Countries program open in the Hunter

We’ve teamed up with Aboriginal owned and operated leading trauma-informed therapeutic care organisation, We Care, to run their Yarn Up Connecting Countries program in the Newcastle, Maitland and Port Stephens area.

Provided at no cost to participants, the program aims to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, between 18 and 35 years of age, who are a population at increased risk of suicide in Australia.

The Yarn Up Connecting Countries program will be conducted with the support of Miyumba with the men participating in activities that build a stronger connection to self, community, culture and country.

The culturally-based activities will take place on the lands of the Wonnarua, Worimi and Awabakal people and will include activities, such as, collecting traditional items as well as hunting and gathering.

We Care developed the program in response to the Hunter Institute of Mental Health’s consultation which found there was a greater need for mental health and suicide prevention programs with the community, with a strong focus on community connectedness and cultural pride.

Through the delivery of the Yarn Up Connecting Countries program we hope to provide a solid support network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to help strengthen their pride and build long-term social and emotional wellbeing.

Registration for the program is available here.

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