During the conference, there will be prizes to hand out to delegates during the main plenary sessions, kindly gifted by members of the community. Check out what's in store below - you will need to participate ton be in the draw to win!
The painted conference chair courtesy of Ronda Clark from Aboriginal Health Council of WA
The Story Behind the Chair
The blue Boab Tree, represents the people and their communities standing strong, making a statement by echoing their voices, saying listen, we need to come together to support and raise awareness regarding mental health and social emotional wellbeing for all people, communities and services across WA. The dots around the tree (dark blue, light blue, purple, dark green, light green and yellow) is the people and their communities standing strong and coming together, calling out for support, connection to services, resources, awareness and most importantly respect, trust, culture, beliefs and values.
The five white lines are some of the outreach connections to mental health services across WA, the dark blue, light blue, purple, dark green, light green and yellow are the programs, support services and the people that have a connection to community.
The dotted circles around the branches of the boab tree (Dots – Yellow, light green, dark green, purple, light blue, dark blue) are the community services and programs that have a connection to community.
The dotted circles that sit outside and around the tree are the services that don’t have a connection to the community, so how do we connect these dots to strengthen the community and their people?
The white symbols that sit around the tree is the Aboriginal cultural connection to community, family, culture, spirituality, language, physical, country and emotional. A disconnect from these can cause a person to experience an imbalance in their overall health and wellbeing.
Mental Health is complex and messy, it has many layers, triggers and not always many answers, so it is very important for us all to come together and connect, collaborate, share what is working, listen, and work to strengthen the community.