Weave Youth & Community Services
9 October 2017

Six new short videos by the NSW Mental Health Commission spotlight how two innovative service providers are promoting the mental health of their local communities – including Aboriginal communities. 

Called ‘Profiling best practice’, the videos showcase the work of Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation in south western Sydney, and Weave Youth & Community Services in inner city Sydney. Both services are embedded in and trusted by their communities and focus on providing holistic care to all across the generations. The emphasis of each is not on ‘what is wrong with you?’ but rather ‘how can we help you thrive and feel like you belong?’ 

In particular, the videos highlight:

  • How Tharawal and the South Western Sydney Local Health District are working together to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal mental health clients 
  • How Tharawal reflects the Aboriginal concept of social and emotional wellbeing in its service design and delivery 
  • How Tharawal’s art therapy program supports mental health clients to feel safe and access clinical supports
  • How Weave became embedded in and trusted by the community it serves, including the Aboriginal communities of Redfern, Waterloo and La Perouse
  • How Weave empowers young people to have a voice, engage in their community and build resilience 
  • And, why Weave makes sure trauma-informed care underpins everything it does.

NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey said the videos were created as an education tool for mental health services and students in NSW. 

“The Commission is regularly asked for examples of people and organisations doing innovative work in mental health care that aligns with Living Well. Tharawal and Weave are two such organisations. 

“My hope is that these videos will be particularly valuable for those seeking information on how to better support Aboriginal people’s mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. 

“By sharing best practice learnings from Aboriginal communities and those who work with them, we can help improve social and emotional wellbeing for all Aboriginal people.”

The videos are available below and on the Commission’s youtube channel.

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Last updated: 1 November 2017