The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) works to reduce the impact of suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by promoting self-determination and culturally responsive programs and services.
The media is an important source of information and a powerful influence on public attitudes. Research in Australia and overseas has shown that the way the media report suicide and mental illness can influence public and private attitudes to these issues.
See Mindframe guidelines about issues to consider when communicating about suicide with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.
CBPATSISP works with other individuals and organisations to encourage responsible, accurate and sensitive media representation of Indigenous suicide, including the support of a collective of Indigenous suicide prevention spokespeople from around the country representing a broad range of expertise, experiences and communities, to contribute strength focussed and evidence based commentary and reporting in the mainstream media.
It is important that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people talk about their own issues, particularly local people. The following leaders have agreed to provide media commentary.
To contact spokespeople and for media enquiries please contact our main office on +61 8 6488 6925