Kulila is a Pitjantjatjara wording meaning ‘listen up!’
The Kulila! app catalogues key mental health words and phrases, and translates them into Pitjantjatjara with a recording to demonstrate correct pronunciation.
The app was created by NPY Women’s Council by bringing together ngangkari (traditional healers), senior Indigenous women, interpreters, and mental health workers.
The aim of the app is to create a shared language for Indigenous people and non-indigenous health workers that enables families and communities to make sense of how they feel, talk about their emotional state, and ask for help if they need it.
We believe that greater mental health literacy will lead to increased help-seeking and better communication between Indigenous people and mental health workers.
In 2017, Kulila! Won the Inaugural IDX Indigenous Digital Excellence Award.
Download the Kulila! app from the App Store (it’s free).