The SAM Our Way program supports rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in four states to improve social and emotional wellbeing by partnering with and resourcing young people, families, and organisations. Locally employed staff help identify wellbeing concerns and develop sustainable solutions to build the resilience and capacity of communities to target risks such as substance use, depression and violence utilising early intervention approaches co-developed, delivered and evaluated with communities. Program protocols ensure that elders and other respected persons in communities drive and/or endorse all work, with a strong emphasis on the younger generations in each community. Each SAM Our Way site builds on existing partnerships with local service providers and other interested groups to plan and deliver activities and initiatives jointly designed to meet the needs of the community. Our role is both as an educator, supporter and connector to services so young people know what to do next when seeking assistance.
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