Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Definition of Aboriginal Social
and Emotional Wellbeing
The Social and Emotional Wellbeing Wheel
The Social and Emotional Wellbeing Wheel represents holistic healing and includes protective factors that support good mental health for Aboriginal Communities.These factors include connection to:
Mind and emotions
Family and kinship
Spirit, spirituality, and ancestors.
The outer wheel speaks to how these factors interact with social, historical, and political determinants of health and wellbeing, and the importance of each element in keeping well.These determinants of health and wellbeing are defined as:
Social determinants – the impact of poverty, unemployment, housing, educational attainment, and racial discrimination.
Historical determinants – the historical context of colonisation and its legacy. The impact of past government policies and the extent of historical oppression and cultural displacement.
Political determinants – the unresolved issues of land, control of resources, cultural security, and the rights of self-determination and sovereignty.
The SEWB wheel illustrates an interconnected relationship between the SEWB of individuals, families and Communities that is shaped by connection to the body, mind and emotions, family kinship, community, culture, land and spirituality. The disruption of these connections can result in poorer SEWB in Aboriginal people and their Communities. The SEWB wheel instils a strength-based approach to mental health care and clinical practice through the restoration and strengthening of these connections for an individual’s healing journey.
A SEWB strength-based approach considers the social determinants of an Aboriginal person’s wellbeing. A SEWB support team consists of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) support, Bringing Them Home workers, Link-up workers, Stolen Generation workers and Koori Mental Health Liaison Officers that provide wrap around support to an individuals healing journey.