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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Yarn circle a step in the right direction

Date posted: 22 August 2014

A new program gives local men the opportunity to talk about their problems in a safe environment in New South Wales.

New England Medicare Local has encouraged men to join the Aboriginal Yarn circle, held at the Salvation Army every Monday from 11am until 2pm.

Organiser, Chris Binge, said the program encouraged men to talk about their alcohol and other drug use, violence and family issues to better themselves. 'It's a safe environment; it's not an organisation, it's not political, it's just a place where men can come to figure out the underlying issues and deal with them to become better men, better fathers and better role models in the community,' he said.

Including Mr Binge, a team of three travelled to the coast to undergo a 'rekindling spirit' training weekend so the Yarn circle could run in Moree. 'The program not only gives local men a chance to talk about the serious issues in their lives but it also gives them the opportunity to seek advice from professionals such as doctors, psychologists and other health professions that they usually wouldn't see,' Mr Binge said.

The group is open to men who believe they could benefit from the program, and there is no referral needed.

Mr Binge said if men and women work together as one the whole community would benefit.

Source: Moree Champion

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Last updated: 27 August 2014
 
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