The Be You Pilbara story for September

September saw the Pilbara Be You team attending many community events across the Pilbara, which started with a huge event that brought students, parents and educators from across the region come together for the 2020 Western Desert Interschool Athletics Carnival in Marble Bar.

The 2020 Western Desert Interschool Athletics Carnival, organised by Ngurra Kujungka, was attended saw students, staff and parents from a number of schools including Marble Bar, South Newman Primary, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Nullagine, Jigalong, Strelley and Warralong as well as Newman Police Legacy/YMCA students coming together for a fun day of athletics. Joining in the festivities were Jodi (Tackling Indigenous Smoking Coordinator) and Beck (Pilbara Be You Program Coordinator) from Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service along with staff from NK, Oceania Athletics, Newman Police, YMCA Newman, Shire of East Pilbara. Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service, Marble Bar Primary School Nullagine Primary School Jigalong Remote Community School Kunawarritji Rawa Community School.

Thanks to Ngurra Kujungka for inviting PAMS to the event, a day that was an exciting day for everyone involved and a big congratulations to Warralong Strelley remote community school for taking out first place, for the third year in a row!

If you would like to see more from the 2020 Western Desert Interschool Athletics Carnival event, head over to Ngurra Kujungka's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NgurraKujungka/

This month we recognised the importance of Thursday 10 September 2020, which was R U Ok Day as well as World Suicide Prevention Day. This day acts as a reminder to all of us that every day is the day to ask: “Are you OK?” and to take the time to listen with an open mind if someone says that they are not feeling ok. Once a person has opened up to us about how they are feeling, we can encourage them to take some steps towards helping them feel ok but keep checking in with them to see how they are.

Mawarnkarra was invited to attend R U Ok Day at the Roebourne TAFE, an event that was organised and coordinated by students. Mawarnkarra brought the cake and fruit platters, which were enjoyed by all.

Davina, Be You Consultant from Mawarnkarra showing us the spread at the R U Ok event at Roebourne TAFE

The R U Ok Day at the Roebourne TAFE saw staff from Yaandina, Empowering People in Communities (EPIC) and One Tree as well as Mawarnkarra coming together with community to ask each other R U Ok?

Josie Sampson conducted a welcome to country, which set the scene for a good day to be had by all. Everyone had a good yarn and engaged in some activities to promote social and emotional wellbeing.

Everyone having a good yarn and enjoying activities at the Roebourne TAFE R U Ok event
Beck also attended a few R U Ok events in Newman, one being at the Newman Neighborhood centre where those in attendance were encouraged to put a note on the gratitude board. This event was attended by Shire of East Pilbara President, staff from Ashburton, Chamber of Commerce, Headspace Pilbara and PAMS as well as mums and bubs from the early learning centre in the Newman Neighborhood centre. Briony from Headspace Pilbara and Beck from PAMS both discussed the importance of R U Ok Day and what support services were available in the local community.

The Hedland Be You Consultants, Erica and Dom, attended a community event with Telethon Kids Institute on Monday 14 September. A number of community organisations attended the event which gave us an opportunity to speak about the Pilbara Kimberley Be You Project to not only community members, but also other organisations in town.

Erica and Dom, Be You Consultants Port Hedland.

During the Telethon Kids Institute event in Hedland, Erica took the opportunity to engage children and young people in an activity to help them identify safe people that they can talk to about any problems they might be having. This was a fantastic opportunity to encourage children and young people to name and acknowledge the safe people in their lives, while also raising awareness for parents, caregivers and service providers about who children and young people identify safe people. Beyond family members, children and young people identified teachers, police, paramedics as well as staff at the hospital and YIC (Youth Involvement Council) as safe people that they could speak to if they were having problems, be they big or small.

An activity by the talented Erica, Be You Consultant for Port Hedland.

Should you wish to be be in contact with the Pilbara Be You consultants, please feel free to send an email to Dom (DomenicaM@wmhsac.com) or Erica (ericat@wmhsac.com) from Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation in Hedland, Davina (PCSPO@mhs.org.au) from Mawarnkarra Health Service in Roebourne or Beck (Rebecca.Johnson@puntukurnu.com) from Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service in Newman