Empowering People

The name NIRODAH comes from the Buddhist term NIRODHA. This principle recognises that there are significant causes of pain or distress in life but there are also methods and practises of mindfulness and support that can help to ease or minimise this pain. Inspired by this, our staff adopt a range of support practises that help young people and their families find the best way to address the distress, pain or trauma in their lives.

We believe that the greatest opportunity to positively impact upon the ability of a young person to learn effectively is to educate their whole learning community. By 'up skilling' teachers through targeted professional development, teaching parents at evening or daytime education forums and directly educating students in the school environment, we can affect change by providing a consistent and contemporary approach to the key issues facing young people in their learning environment.

Did You Know?

A survey of Australian households in 2007 reported the following statistics on mental health; Almost one in two of us will have a significant problem with anxiety, depression, or drug and alcohol abuse in our lifetime. One of five of those surveyed had a mental disorder in the previous 12 months; and one in four of them had more than one mental health problem at the same time – losing about nine days a month in normal functioning. Yet surprisingly, few people were receiving care. Largely because they didn't believe they needed help, or that – wrongly – they didn't think there were effective treatments available – even people who were suicidal. It was also common to find that people with physical illnesses were more likely to be depressed, anxious or abusing alcohol and other drugs.