Healing programs for town

The Wellways Narrandera Healing Day will be held this Saturday on the Town Beach and is open to everyone.

Local organiser Rachael James said local performer Shaun ‘the battler’ Minnick will be performing and Uncle Michael Lyons from Sandhills artefacts will be displaying art at the event.

A barbecue lunch will be provided and hot beverages are available to purchase.

Healing activities will be held as well as activities for the children, some cultural as well. Indigenous music and dancing will be performed by Tirkandi Inaburra School and there will be face painting and art sessions as well as a healing circle and balloons.

The event is aimed at raising awareness of mental health and suicide and to try and address some contributing factors such as bullying, drugs and alcohol.

Wellways Australia Limited is a leading not-for-profit mental health and disability support organisation with services in Queensland, NSW, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania. Its services span mental health, disability and community care and reaches thousands of people each year and works with a diverse range of people living with mental health issues or various disabilities and their families, friends and carers, to bring about positive change and build good lives in their communities.

The Narrandera event will be held from noon to 3pm and is free and open to all the community.


A Red Dust Healing day for all community members and service providers will be held at the Narrandera TAFE Conference Room next week.

Red Dust Healing is a self-evaluating awareness program derived from an ancient Aboriginal perspective that helps individuals deal with the hurt, anger, grief, loss and issue in their lives.

It aims to engage Indigenous men, women and families to recognise and confront problems, hurt and anger in their lives, stemming primarily from rejection and grief.

Although the program emanates from an Aboriginal perspective it is not just for Aboriginal people – it is for all members of the community. In the past people who had suicides in their families and other traumatic events have benefitted.

Red Dust Healing has been delivered to groups in NSW and Queensland and to date more than 14,000 people have been through the program. Numbers continue to rise rapidly as more and more people hear about Red Dust Healing.

Red Dust Healing will be held at the Narrandera TAFE Conference Room from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Wednesday June 13.

To enrol or obtain further information contact Lesley Houston at houstonl@missionaustralia.com.au or phone 6983 4221 or mobile 0467 786 160.

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