This article was first published in the Daily Liberal (Dubbo) on July 24th, page 2.
(Back) Claude Gordon, Ricky Knight, Joe Gordon, (front) Trixie Watts, Emma Nolan, Alex Carr, Iris Doyle and Jesseka Flakelar. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
By JENNIFER HOAR
LEARNING to help people overcome trans-generational grief was the focus of Seasons for Healing training at the Dubbo Loss and Grief (LAG) centre this week. Staff from the Neami mental health rehabilitation centre underwent four days of training over two weeks, and Neami Aboriginal mental and emotional wellbeing worker Iris Doyle said the training would help the staff in their work. “The Seasons for Healing training will assist us with dealing with the clients we see, to assist them with them mental health issues and loss and grief,” Ms Doyle said. The program is especially valuable because it was designed by indigenous people for indigenous people, Dubbo LAG centre manager Trudy Hanson said. “For them they’ve lost their land, their language, their culture. There’s a myriad of things that Aboriginal people have lost,” Ms Hanson said. “Indigenous grief is trans-generational grief. Grief manifests itself in other ways, whether it’s tuning to drugs and alcohol or just turns itself inward and they become angry. Suicide rates among Aboriginal people are quite high and we hope this program can help with that.” One Marathon health employee also underwent the training, and Ms Hanson encouraged any workplace that deals closely with indigenous clients to get in touch.
“For them they’ve lost their land, their language, their culture. There’s a myriad of things that Aboriginal people have lost.” - Trudy Hanson