Young male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have a disproportionately and unacceptably high rate of mental health issues, often leading to self-harm and suicide.
It’s a spectrum of suffering linked to heightened and ongoing exposure to documented risk factors such as drug and alcohol use, stress and social disadvantage. Strong relationships, positive leaders and real prospects can create a pathway out of this situation.
MomenTIM’s single goal (and complex challenge) is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
MomenTIM is a three tiered approach, anchored in the principle that mental health issues are best addressed by an integrated methodology comprising
- Early intervention strategies – using the proven success of the Deadly Choices program to inform, educate and inspire young Indigenous men to get healthy: physically and mentally.
- Health outreach support – clinic-based services, encouraging participation in Health Checks and other relevant programs delivered by our medical and social health teams and clinics.
- Training and education – delivered through our community coalition of local leaders joining forces to provide opportunities for young Indigenous men.
MomenTIM works to achieve its goal in five key ways
- Reducing the stigma and shame associated with mental health issues by improving the level of understanding and increasing support networks.
- Increasing access to best evidence and culturally appropriate mental health screening, treatment and referral practices through specialist training and support.
- Engaging Indigenous young men and boys in positive, practical activities that promote participation in work skills and training opportunities, along with positive aspects of their culture and community.
- Empowering young Indigenous males to take more control over their environment and creating opportunities for them to contribute more positively to, and be more positively accepted by, their community.
- Monitoring and assessing our activities to ensure their effectiveness and validity to ultimately enable the project to be expanded and delivered in any community.