Twelve Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) across the state have been funded to increase access to culturally responsive suicide prevention activities for Aboriginal communities. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for Aboriginal people living in NSW, compared to the seventeenth for non-Aboriginal people in NSW. The culturally appropriate suicide prevention programs will be conducted in Aboriginal communities under the Building on Aboriginal Communities’ Resilience initiative.
Emerging evidence has shown that critical factors in prevention approaches include:
- ‘culture as treatment’
- cultural restoration and healing
- relevance to the area’s local context.
The model will be designed and led by Aboriginal people, while also being informed by the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention’s work.
The NSW Health, Suicide Prevention Team will continue to work closely with the ACCHOs, the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council and experts in suicide prevention in Aboriginal communities to support the implementation of this initiative.
Further details will be posted as services become operational.
Learn more about this initiative on the NSW Health website.
Building on Aboriginal Communities’ Resilience is a NSW Health Towards Zero Suicides initiative.
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Everymind and NSW Health acknowledge the importance of strong culture and connection to country for the Mental Health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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