08-30-2023 01:45 PM
Racism is never acceptable, and is something that no one should have to face. Unfortunately racism is still very present and is something that many people experience in their day to day life. Racism can have significant negative impacts on individuals and can impact many aspects of their life, including their social and emotional wellbeing.
As a parent, it’s important to equip yourself with the tools to support your teenager through these experiences. Whether they’ve personally experienced racism, witnessed it, or want to become allies, here are some resources to help guide you:
What is racism:
It’s important to understand what racism is and how it manifests. Even better, educate yourself on different forms of racism and how to recognise them:
Supporting Your Teenager
Experiencing Racism can be especially difficult for young people. It's important for them to know that they’re not alone and that you’re there to listen and support them. One step in this direction is to encourage open conversations about their experiences and feelings. See resources below:
Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth:
Racism is something that a lot of mob experience. Whether it be at school, work or in public, it is tough to deal with and can have big impacts on how our young people feel and on their emotional wellbeing. Let your teenager know that they don’t have to deal with racism on their own, and that having a yarn to someone about it can make them feel better. Remind them how deadly they are - they are part of the longest living culture in the world, and their ancestors are all with them in spirit to guide them and give them strength.
If you think that your teen may want to connect with, hear from, ask for advice or share about what they’re going through with other Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members, you can encourage them to join the Youth community and check out our new First Nations Yarning space in the Youth forums here.
We also wanted to share some ways for teens to keep safe and look after themselves when dealing with racism. Feel free to pass these onto your teen, and if you have any others, we would love for you to share them with us.
Stay connected to culture and your mob/local community.
Have a yarn to someone about what's been going on for you and about how you are feeling.
How to respond to racism and stay safe online:
Take a break from the news, social media, and the comments section.
Wellbeing supports for Aboriginal or/and Torres Strait Islander young people:
Finding health services that really understand what you're going through as a First Nations person can be tough. So, we've put together a list of resources to make it easier to find the right help for you.
These directories are all about helping you find health care that makes sense for you, whether you're dealing with a specific health issue or need some general support.
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). They provide a map of all the health services designed and run by the local community.
Australian Indigenous Health Info Net. They map each state's health and medical services, including hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities.
Here's a quick snapshot of each state's First Nations health services run by the local community.
Mental Health Services
Remember, your physical and social and emotional wellbeing are connected. So, if you're after mental health support, options are available.
Search for national social and emotional well-being support services here.
YARN13 is a 24/7 helpline run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. You can call them on 13 92 76.
Brother To Brother is a 24/7 crisis helpline run by Aboriginal men, including Elders with lived experience. You can call them on 1800 435 799.
Kids Helpline is a free phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. They are available 24/7 and you can call them on 1800 55 1800.
Lifeline is a 24/7 crisis helpline for all Australians. It is free and you can call them on 13 11 14.
Wellmob - information and resources for wellbeing
iBobbly - a self-help app
Thirrili - support for individuals, families, and communities affected by suicide or other significant trauma
Yarn Safe - Mental health and well-being resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Manual of Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention - Practical resources and videos supporting positive mental health and wellbeing
Support your teen to be an ally and stand up against racism:
If your teen wants to know how to stand up against racism and how to be an ally for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, we have some articles below that can help them out:
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