October 2, 2023
The Voice referendum has opened up debate in Australia. There is much discussion about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and our communities. It’s important that our mob stay together and support one another.
To help look after yourself and mob during The Voice referendum debate, you can:
- Create safe boundaries. You don’t need to be an expert on The Voice. Encourage people to visit voice.gov.au to get the facts.
- Use your voice. If you feel you have been discriminated against or vilified, you can reach out to the Equal Opportunity Commission of WA here.
- Look out for others. Have a yarn with someone who might be struggling.
- Get outdoors Get some fresh air. Go for a walk. Go on Country.
- Mute the noise You don’t have to watch every ad or read every news story. Remember you can mute, unfollow or hide social media posts.
- Reach out If you are feeling worried or no good, connect with family and community.
After more support?
– Call the SWAMS Social and Emotional Wellbeing Team for a yarn on 9797 8111.
– If you require counselling support then please contact the SWAMS Mental Health and Other Drug team on 9726 6000.
– Register your interest in the Moordidjabiny Moort – Stronger Families program that is launching soon. Phone 9797 8111 and ask to speak to Renae Stack.
– If it is a crisis and out of hours you can also call 13YARN (13 92 76) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter or the appropriate local emergency services such as the police or hospital.