HESTA IMPACT AWARDS 2021 NOMINEE:INDIVIDUAL DISTINCTION DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Area of impact: Diversity and inclusion
AJ Williams-Tchen is recognised for his work to support the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by providing Mental Health First Aid training to communities, cultural awareness programs in mainstream workplaces, and mentoring and support programs for Indigenous students in schools and Indigenous employees in workplaces.
An Aboriginal man of Wiradjuri/Wotjobulak background, AJ has trained nearly over 6000 people to become Mental Health First Aiders and has worked with more than 180 organisations across Australia to help them create culturally safe working environments. During the COVID-19 outbreak, AJ developed a YouTube channel to provide a culturally safe space for Aboriginal voices and allies to share stories.https://www.hesta.com.au/stories/impact-awards-2021.html#aj