AMHFA Instructor awarded the 2016 National LiFE Award for Excellence | Mental Health First Aid
03/08/2016
AMHFA Instructor awarded the 2016 National LiFE Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Aboriginal MHFA Instructor Leilani Darwin. Leilani works in headspace at Inala, Brisbane and is committed to the prevention of youth suicide, and helping and empowering local communities to make positive life changes. At the recent National Suicide Prevention Conference in Canberra, Leilani was awarded the 2016 National LiFE Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention for a program she has developed called the United Health Education and Learning Program (UHELP) in consultation with the community. This program taps into cultural learning styles and strengths to actively engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in physical, social, and emotional wellbeing promotion activities that incorporate substance use diversion, suicide prevention, and mental health resilience. It was found to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and is an innovative intervention model that specifically addresses the social and cultural realities of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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