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Key takeaways from the 7th National Social and Emotional Wellbeing Forum

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Social and emotional wellbeing is a pressing concern in Australia, where nearly half of all adults are expected to face mental health challenges at some point in their lives.  

The impact of this issue is profound, with alarming statistics revealing the severity of the situation.  

Each day, the nation mourns the loss of at least eight lives to suicide, a tragedy that disproportionately affects men. Additionally, an estimated 65,000 individuals attempt to take their own lives annually. These numbers underscore the urgent need for collective action and innovative solutions to address the mental health crisis. 

During Third Sector’s 7th National Social and Emotional Wellbeing Forum, experts from diverse backgrounds from across the nation came together to address the pressing issue of social and emotional wellbeing.  

With over 60 speakers and 350 attendees, the forum aimed to foster transformative experiences through collaborative discussions, knowledge sharing and the exploration of innovative strategies. 

NT PHN Manager Mental Health AOD Suicide Prevention Reform Dani Linossier expressed enthusiasm about the event, stating, “Fantastic opportunity to hear about the incredible work going on to improve Social and Emotional Wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.  

“I’ve taken away so much that I hope to embed into my work practices and programs. Would love to see more representation from Aboriginal people leading and speaking in future events.” 

Mind Blank Founder and CEO Ally Kelly shared her experience, saying, “I feel very grateful to have spent the week at the 7th National Social and Emotional Wellbeing Forum themed ‘Fostering resilience and providing holistic pathways to wellbeing for First Nations people.” 

She highlighted the impactful presentation from the Yalu Aboriginal Corporation, emphasising the importance of wellbeing practices in remote communities. 

The forum also provided a culturally safe environment, as noted by Sineytah Monaghan, an Aboriginal Youth Worker at Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service, who said, “It was a really good opportunity to hear the voices and experiences of the speakers and how their experiences can be used within my role as a youth worker.” 

Melbourne Indigenous Transition School Mental Health Practitioner Emma Puddy commended the quality of presentations and access to excellent information by highlighting how great it was to attend Third Sector’s forum. 

KBHAC Program Manager Jo-Anne Kelly emphasised the value of sharing community initiatives.  

“The conference was a great opportunity for organisations in different pockets of Australia to share what they are doing in their community.” 

MHAODS Community Support Worker Philip Tamwoy said, “As an indigenous man I feel very proud to see and hear the efforts that other indigenous people are doing around our country to pave the way for the future generation,” in highlighting the inspirational efforts of indigenous communities. 

The multifaceted nature of this pervasive issue underscores its profound impact on individuals and society as a whole. 

Overall, the 7th National Social and Emotional Wellbeing Forum proved to be a vital platform for sharing knowledge, fostering connections and inspiring positive change in the realm of mental health and wellbeing. 

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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