Mineral Resources: GIVING MENTAL WELLNESS A SPORTING CHANCE

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Shooting Stars’ Seven Sisters program helps Indigenous girls develop social skills and build mental resilience to meet life’s challenges. As proud supporters of Seven Sisters, we visited Narrogin Secondary School to witness the positive local impact of the program.

Shooting Stars empowers Aboriginal girls and women across Western Australia to make informed choices about their educational and career paths, helping them aim for the stars.

Hosted in 15 schools in regional, remote and metropolitan communities, Shooting Stars helps more than 750 Indigenous girls and women make informed choices about their academic and career paths.

Mineral Resources’ four-year commitment as Presenting Partner of the Shooting Stars’ Seven Sisters program now helps participants build skills in social and emotional well-being and develop preventative mental health strategies.

Through Seven Sisters, participants attend weekly hour-long sessions and engage in culturally grounded warm-up activities, netball skill development, guided stretching and meditation, and discussions on key themes. well-being.

The end of the 10-week program is celebrated with a community netball game featuring local mental health service providers who guide conversations about ways to remove barriers to accessing mental health services.

Taya Olman, program assistant at Narrogin Senior High School, said the Seven Sisters program focuses on using netball as a tool to help prioritize mental health within Indigenous communities.

“Seven Sisters is a great way for our girls to learn about their emotions and how to regulate them. They love netball and when they play they feel free and comfortable to talk more openly about their emotions,” Taya said.

“We’re using a sport they’re passionate about to help drive more serious conversations around mental health and wellbeing. It’s a really great platform.”

“We are seeing positive changes in girls as they become more willing to identify their emotions and discover new ways to deal with life’s challenges. We provide a safe and trusted space to talk about their feelings. ”

Chelsea Ugle – a seventh grade student and Seven Sisters participant – said the program helped her become more aware and confident with her emotions.

“I’m more confident because with Seven Sisters I can express myself, be myself and no one will judge me,” Chelsea said.

“At the start of most sessions, there are cards on the floor that say how you feel – so you stand on the one that matches your emotions. At the end of the day, we’re all smiling .”

For Tresene Farmer, finding a balance between 10th grade studies and working on her emotional well-being through Seven Sisters is helping her become a better version of herself.

“If I’m having trouble dealing with my feelings, the program helps me and it’s a great way to bond with the other girls,” Tresene said.

“I’m pretty good at sports so I really like PE classes, but I also like science and math – plus I’m taking a financial literacy class to help me manage my money. Seven Sisters definitely helps me with confidence in all my Classes.”

“After school I’m interested in becoming a mechanic, interior/exterior designer or maybe a translator – I think those are pretty cool jobs.”

MinRes Community Engagement Manager Candice Burvill said the partnership with the Seven Sisters program helps girls build confidence, resilience and wider social networks – building their confidence and promoting new pathways. education and career.

“Seeing the program in action and watching the girls participate, their confidence and eagerness to show off and their character absolutely shines,” she said.

“MinRes is focused on building strong, supportive, and engaging community partnerships – and empowering individuals within those communities to go the extra mile to build a better future for themselves.”

“Our partnership with Shooting Stars strengthens our community engagement efforts by helping to build strong foundations in local schools and delivering positive mental wellness outcomes for young people throughout their education and development. use.”

For more information on the Seven Sisters program, visit the shooting stars website.

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