This week’s Paper Tracker Radio interview is with two women who are involved in the Uti Kulintjaku Project of the NPY Women’s Council – Renee Kulitja and Angela Lynch.
For the past two years, a team of Aboriginal women and mental health professionals have been coming together to find appropriate words for talking about mental health in Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra and Yankunytjatjara. The group believes that creating a shared understanding of the words and language used to talk about feelings will improve mental health and emotional literacy. In turn, this will lead to more people asking for help and being able to explain their problems and concerns to health workers. Health workers will also have a tool that they can use to understand people who come to them for care and support.
The Project has developed posters and magnets and apps that use shared words that everyone understands to describe feelings. Having these shared words helps people to express their feelings clearly so that they can communicate better with each other. The Project has also developed posters that show the different stages of a person’s life – from being a baby through to being an adolescent and then a grown adult; there are also words on the posters to describe what people might feel at these different stages of their life.
The work of the Uti Kulintjaku team was recognised with the 2015 NT Administrator’s Medal in Primary Health Care.
If you’d like to know more about the Uti Kulintjaku Project, you can click on this link.