Our Connected Mobs project aimed to reduce the risk of suicide by providing culturally safe support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Melbourne’s west.
It was a partnership between the Aboriginal Wellness Foundation and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (see below for more information).
The project team worked with the services on this page, which are run by and for the local Aboriginal community. They are designed to strengthen community and cultural development by connecting Aboriginal people with the best mental health and social services support.
About Connected Mobs
Connected Mobs is a project to address suicide prevention and postvention support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Melbourne’s west.
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) commissioned the Aboriginal Wellness Foundation (AWF) to deliver the Connected Mobs project. AWF trained local people and worked with the service providers listed above to build better, community-led pathways for suicide prevention and postvention support.
This project is part of the place-based suicide prevention trial in Melton and Brimbank. The Aboriginal community is a priority population for NWMPHN and the Melton/Brimbank Suicide Prevention Network.
About the Aboriginal Wellness Foundation
AWF believes in whole-of-family capacity building and traditional mentoring approach to healing for Aboriginal people. Its members are working to revitalise culture, which at its very essence is the sustained wellness of Country, community, and self.
Through establishing a village of purpose, belonging and connection for community members to thrive, the foundation strives to incorporate the “old ways”. For example:
- The importance of connection to Country.
- Understanding structures that kept Aboriginal people living well for over 80,000 years.
- The importance of embodying and living by the traditional non-material values of respect, responsibility and accountability.
AWF exists exist to play a role in supporting Aboriginal people to reconnect and find strength in their own cultural journeys and practices of Traditional culture.