“Support Act would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to all First Nations tribes in Australia today, the Traditional Custodians of the land, their elders past, present and future. Support Act would also like to acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and understand that each tribe has different cultural beliefs. We welcome and support all First Nations People”.
FIRST NATIONS DEDICATED SUPPORT LINE
Support Act is pleased to facilitate a culturally safe experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, crew and music workers through the establishment of the Support Act First Nations Dedicated Support Line.
This is a free and confidential service specifically catered to First Nations people in providing help with your mental health and wellbeing.
We recognise the importance of First Nations people being able to speak with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Clinician or one with cultural awareness training, who has experience with individuals and families, and who understands the challenges you may face.
By working together, we aim to find the most appropriate support for you. A referral to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services can also be arranged, through the support line or by contacting our First Nations Social Worker.
ACCESSING THE SUPPORT LINE
The First Nations Dedicated Support Line is available to access any time (24/7 365 days) for an urgent request. Otherwise, please call 1800 959 500 (Option 3) between EST 8 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday to make an appointment.
Together, the counsellor will create a culturally safe space for you to express feelings of anxiety, depression, substance use, finance issues, and any other worries you may have.
Remember: If you, or someone you care about, is in crisis or at immediate risk dial 000 now.
The First Nations Support Line is delivered in partnership with AccessEAP with funding provided by the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts.
WHY SEEK HELP
The Indigenous suicide rate was double that of the general population in 2015.
Indigenous suicide increased from 5% of Australia’s total suicide in 1991 to 50% in 2010, despite First Nations people only making up 3% of the Australian population. This is an alarming rate for First Nations People.
We hope that more First Nations artists, crew and music workers will seek support in a culturally safe environment and make use of the Support Line as a way of processing past injustices and the effects of intergenerational trauma.
MEET CERISA GRANT, OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT / SOCIAL WORKER
Cerisa is a proud Walpiri, Jawoyn and Gurrindji woman from Katherine who joined the Support Act Team in August 2020. Here she tells us a little about her role and what she hopes to achieve for First Nations Artists, Crew and Music Workers.
Banner Photo: Indigenous rapper Barkaa with her daughter, taken on the set of “For My Tittas”, a testament to her Blak sisters and their matriarchal power. This photo to Barkaa represents her backing her daughter through everything and her daughter taking in all her strength, importance and ancestry. Photo credit: Katrina Clarke.