Indigenous Youth Suicide

Indigenous Leader commends the WA Government commitment to the recommendations of the Coronial report into the deaths of 13 children and young people Professor Pat Dudgeon, Project Director of the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP), welcomes the McGowan Government's broad support for the recommendations outlined in 2018 Coroner’s report on the deaths of 13 children and young people in the Kimberley. As the Coroner acknowledged in her report, the experience of colonisation continues to affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people today and contributes to suicidal behaviour and suicide deaths through unresolved trauma, entrenched disadvantage and disconnection from traditional culture, compounded by racism and disempowerment. Professor Dudgeon said she was [...]

Empowering our Community

Workshop on Empowerment and Accountability in Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention, Canberra The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) co-hosted a workshop on preventing Indigenous youth suicide in Canberra on Tuesday. The workshop focused on empowerment and accountability as ways to reduce suicide among Indigenous people and young people. CBPATSISP Director Professor Pat Dudgeon commented: The attendance of young people, those with lived experience of suicide, LGBTQI, emerging leaders and Elders was important at the workshop. It’s critical that we listen to, and learn from them if we are to understand how to best respond. Empowering our young people and Elders to lead in suicide prevention activity particularly in their communities - was [...]