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Yarnin' the blues was a pilot project designed to increase awareness and understanding of depression among older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in urban areas of South Australia. Yarnin' the blues was a culturally specific adaptation of the beyond maturityblues program, which used peer education to spread the message that depression does not need to be accepted as a normal part of ageing.
Other key messages communicated as part of Yarnin' the blues included:
A flyer titled Keeping strong was specifically designed for this project (see below).
The pilot project is a collaboration between Council on the Ageing (COTA), beyondblue, and Nunkuwarrin Yunti (a community controlled Aboriginal health organisation based in Adelaide.) Key findings from the pilot project will be made public in a final report to be published on the beyondblue Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs website.
Abstract adapted from Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc and beyondblue
Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc
182 - 190 Wakefield Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: (08) 8406 1600
Fax: (08) 8232 0949
This 3 page leaflet on depression was developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It describes some of the common signs and symptoms of depression and suggests ways families, friends, and communities can help. The leaflet also encourages people who may be experiencing the signs or symptoms of depression to seek help and support.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract