How to cope with shame job

This comic was produced in partnership with Studio Gilay.

The feelings that come along with shame job can be pretty hard to deal with – whether it's over something to do with culture and law, bullying and racism, or not knowing who your mob is or where you come from.

But as you’ll see here, there are some really helpful ways of coping with shame job, getting the support you need, and working on overcoming those feelings that might be holding you back.

An 8 panel comic featuring First Nations characters experiencing shame job.

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Reach out to your mob and talk about your experiences.

Quick tips for coping with shame job:

  • Show yourself some love. Feeling shame job is never easy, so start by giving yourself a little break. You could try practising positive self-talk or thinking about the things you like about yourself.

  • Spend time in nature. Getting out in nature can be a great way to connect with Country, boost your mental health and wellbeing, find some space to reflect, or just hang out with friends and family.

  • Have a yarn with mob. Reaching out and having a yarn with mob can make a big difference, even if you’re just looking for someone to listen to you and acknowledge what you’re going through.

  • Chat with your Elders. This can be a great way to build connections with your culture and boost your sense of pride and belonging. They have a lifetime of experience and wisdom to share.

What can I do now?

  • Check out this animation about how Wickie deals with racism with the help of her coach.

  • Head to Yarning Space on ReachOut’s Online Community to yarn about your worries, share your and others’ experiences, and learn from and support each other.