The statistics are dire.
- Suicide accounts for 6% of all deaths among Indigenous people (vs 2% non-Indigenous).
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Indigenous males (vs 10th non-Indigenous). It is the 7th leading cause of death for Indigenous females (vs 23rd non-Indigenous).
- One-third of all Indigenous child deaths (ages 5 to 17) are suicides.
- 23% of all suicide deaths in Australian children (ages 5 to 17) are Indigenous children.
Source: Black Dog Institute
This is our mission.
We believe that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people have the right to thrive and flourish.
We partner with others to create meaningful lives for all our young people with a special emphasis on those experiencing vulnerability and who are at risk of self-harm and suicide.
We want to contribute to global knowledge and positively impact the health and wellbeing of this and future generations.
The Yarn Up Listen Up Report
We partnered with the Centre of Best Practice of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) to conduct consultations with 24 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18-27.
The aim of these consultations was to understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people’s perspectives on suicide prevention services/resources, and their lived experiences accessing these.
The young people who participated in this research project were provided with access to culturally safe wellbeing support throughout the project.