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First Nations' wellbeing

Social and emotional wellbeing affects the everyday lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, their families and the community. It is a protective factor against some mental illnesses, problematic alcohol and other drug use, and suicide, and supports recovery.

Social and emotional wellbeing influences a wide range of life outcomes including educational outcomes, employment and economic participation, physical health and mental health.

Social and emotional wellbeing encompasses the wellbeing of individuals, but also the wellbeing of communities and families, reflecting a holistic understanding of life and health which includes physical health, mental health and cultural, spiritual and social wellbeing.

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing Action Plan 2016-18, Proud and Strong, outlines steps to improve social and emotional wellbeing.