Blake Tatafu was Indigenous X host from October 18 to October 25, 2013.
Five questions to Blake
I am proud to be a part of a number of youth representation boards and committees that either advocate or promote mental health, wellbeing, healing and education. I am currently a part of the Healing Foundation’s youth reference group, the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy’s facilitation group, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre’s Youth Brains Trust and most recently I have been appointed as a youth reference group member for headspace.
Even early on in high school, I would ask so many questions about why we feel happy or sad or why people get “sick” from how they feel. It completely fascinated me. As I got older, I started to understand why this was and yearned to be a part of the amazing legion of people who work with people with mental health adversities and other illnesses.
Poor mental health can be a silent killer. I think that a lot of Australians do not feel able to grasp their own self-determination and find out more about mental health due to the stigma around it. I want to promote, assist and advocate for people with mental health adversities, working in particular with my fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who unfortunately still suffer heavily from the infinite amount of trauma which began with British invasion back in the 1700s, and continues to this day.