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.


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We acknowledge and honour the resilience of our Elders, families and communities, and recognise the importance of truth-telling for healing and reconciliation.

“Today we pause to pay our respects to those who have gone before us. Our mothers. Our fathers. Our uncles, aunts, our grandparents. Our old people, our Ancestors, who we are of...” - Belinda Duarte (Wotjobaluk and Dja Dja Wurrung) CEO of Culture is Life.

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Leigh reflects on Part 1 of #HealOurHistory where Leyla shared her lived experience of Racism in school.👩‍🎓

Racism is learned, but so is empathy. It starts with education, dialogue, and compassion. ❤️

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⚠️ CW: Discussions of suicide. ⚠️

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), a day to bring attention to the discrimination faced by LGBTQIA+ folk. ✊🏽

The suicide rates in young LGBTQIA+ identifying mob are dire. Nearly one in two young Indigenous LGBTIQA+ Australians have attempted suicide at some point in their life. 💔

Today and every day, we are committed to creating a safe, loving and inclusive environments for all young mob to thrive. ✨

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Rachel Perkins explains the reasoning behind the title of 'The Australian Wars' series and the tactics used by the British to avoid officially declaring war in the colonisation of Australia.

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This Mother's Day we recognise the Matriarchs, who lead us by example, showing us how to take each step with purpose. 👣 

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Creating pathways into spaces like this for young mob is critical, for their own leadership and development, but also to have their voices heard in these important conversations happening in our communities. 💬

Thank you to Common Threads for having us, including their steering committee Dr Jackie Huggins AM, Larissa Baldwin-Roberts and Millie Telford, along with their partners @getup_australia and @ausprogress. 💛

📸 Donny Imberlong (2022 Fellow), Belinda Duarte (CEO), Leyla Quartermaine (2022 Fellow), Thara Brown (General Manager - Programs), Anna-Rita Fauid (2023 Fellow) and Madeline Wells (Program Officer).

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Source: 'Tell Me Why' by Archie Roach
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It was a deadly full circle moment to have one of the 2023 Singing Our Futures artists, Canisha, perform at our Fullaship Program Graduation 2023. Such a beautiful set and we can't wait to see where her journey leads. 👣

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"It's really important for teachers to be actively anti-racist." - Adam Brodie-McKenzie, Humanities Teacher and University Lecturer.

It’s important for teachers to be creating change in their schools, making it safer for all Australian students. How do you teach anti-racism in your school?

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