Strong Yawa

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After hours support line

Strong Yawa

Strong Yawa is an after-hours crisis support program, focussed on improving the quality of care given to Aboriginal people who are experiencing high levels of distress and/or suicidal ideation, alcohol/substance abuse, or the impact of the suicide of a loved one.

The service is delivered via an after-hours 1800 telephone line, after hours face to face contact if required, and a follow-up community mentor program. Case workers, family workers, G.P.s and healing counsellors can request check-in calls from Strong Yawa is they have concerns about a client, and clients can request check-in calls as required.

While Strong Yawa offers a service to callers at a critical period in terms of de-escalation of suicide ideation, the program continues to help clients through ongoing supports.  These supports are provided by Aboriginal Community Support Workers in business hours and assist clients to become engaged in activities, services and programs at Waminda that will improve their social and emotional wellbeing.

Workers assist clients to develop their own Aftercare plan focusing on their strong story as opposed to their problem story.  It facilitates clients to heal on country and supports them to identify their own strengths and pathways to social and emotional wellbeing.

PREVENT THE SPREAD

Please self-isolate if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including a sore throat, coughing or sneezing, or flu-like symptoms. Call our reception to make a telehealth appointment with one of our doctors.

Please Call 1800 953 736

If you or a loved one need to yarn

Available after 5pm on Weekdays & 4pm on Weekends

All Calls Are Confidential And Will be Treated With Respect As Per Waminda Policies

Strong Yawa FAQ’s

Who Is Strong Yawa For?

Strong Yawa is for Aboriginal people in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Eurobadalla regions who are experiencing worrying thoughts, social isolation, or issues affecting their social and emotional wellbeing.

How Does Strong Yawa Work?

The service is delivered after 7 days a week, via a telephone service.  Vulnerable clients are referred for check-in calls, or they can call the free call 1800 number.  It provides:

  • Telephone-based mental health support after-hours
  • Ongoing connection to other supports and services for vulnerable Aboriginal people
  • Follow-up to calls during regular hours of operations to link and engage with programs and services
What Does Follow-Up Look Like?

Follow-up depends on the needs of the individual but it usually around engaging them back into a service that can assist and support them.

Prevent The Spread

Please click here to find out more information about COVID-19 and how it has affected Waminda services. Please self-isolate if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including a sore throat, coughing or sneezing, or flu-like symptoms. Call our reception to make a telehealth appointment with one of our doctors.

Our practice has an appointment booking system for all consultations, we can accommodate walk in consultations with the clinical team, but it is encouraged to make a booked appointment. On arrival you will be triaged by an Aboriginal health worker prior to seeing the Doctor. If you are unable to attend face to face due to symptoms, we have the option of a telehealth appointment.