Tanja Hirvonen -Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Emotional and Wellbeing and Self Care During The Upcoming Referendum

Episode 35

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Caroline Kell

Caroline Kell is a proud Mbarbrum women who was born and raised on Kulin Lands. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Blak Wattle Coaching and Consulting. Caroline is a Former Counsellor and Executive Director who is deeply passionate about the social emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mob always come come together, driven by our shared concern for the safety, well-being and joy of our communities. As we await the referendum announcement, we note that our community has been through a rollercoaster of uncomfortable emotions, unthinkable encounters with racism and danger, moments of anxiety, but also instances of remarkable beauty, too.

Today’s special guest is Tanja Hirvonen, a proud Jaru and Bunuba woman who was born and raised on the lands of the Kalkadoon people. Tanja is a clinical psychologist and a mid-career researcher with expertise in mental health, social and emotional well-being, suicide prevention, and working with individuals impacted by trauma.

We engage in a big juicy yarn about the depth and complexity of Aboriginal Social Emotional Well-being framework. Tanja and Caroline share valuable insights on community and self-care strategies during these challenging times, emphasising the importance of slowing down and being compassionate with ourselves in emotionally draining moments.

Side note: We feel it’s important to remember that experiencing a range of emotions is a natural and valid part of any change. It’s crucial to acknowledge our feelings and consider what support we can provide for ourselves and seek from others. In these challenging periods, we strongly encourage you to prioritise both self-care and the well-being of your community of care, your peeps, your resources. Your healers, listeners and lovers, and being willing to embrace the mutual love and support that surrounds you.

If you or someone you know is feeling anxious or struggling, we urge you to reach out to 13YARN at 13 92 76 (available 24/7) and speak with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter – Link to 13YARN.

If you enjoyed this episode, we would love to hear it. Follow Caroline on Instagram @blak_wattle_coaching and learn more about working with Caroline here!

We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s First Peoples’ who have never ceded their sovereignty. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nation where the podcast was recorded. We pay our deepest respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and Elders past, present and emerging.

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