Today we dive into the research Lyndon’s currently involved in as well as the main challenges adolescent and First Nations men are facing today including role models, the education system and goal setting.
On today’s episode of Pebble in the Pond we chat with Lyndon Reilly. Lyndon is a Badtjala (But-chulla) Mununjali man. Lyndon has lived a majority of his life in the North Central Coast of Queensland Township Mackay.
Since 2012, Lyndon had been working full time for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland Section as a Mental Health Promotion Officers. Currently, Lyndon is employed fulltime at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Discipline of Psychiatry, working on a MRFF funded Research Project titled ‘Enabling Dads, Improving First Nations Adolescents Mental Health', across five Far North Queensland First Nations communities; Doomadgee, Kowanyama, Aurukun, Hopevale and Wujal Wujal.
We talk about the men’s empowerment programs Lyndon’s been a part of since 1994 and the impact seen in the community over the years. We also discuss about what needs to be done now to create real change for generations to come.