News Articles

December 

ABC Kimberley – Young Aboriginal leaders in the Kimberley call for change to curb suicides Beyond Blue news – Beyond Blue’s position on social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

November 

ECU News – Breaking the silence – what it means to be Indigenous and queer  Department of Health – Revision of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 SBS/NITV news – Indigenous Australians are three times more likely to suffer a mental illness SBS/NITV news – Indigenous Community Yarrabah Opens Youth Hub The Guardian – Archie Roach: ‘You can reach the darkest point in our life and come back, and come good’ The Guardian – ‘Horrific’ level of stigma: biggest barrier to suicide prevention is discrimination Katherine Times – Suicide on the rise: We’re seeing a very worrying trend in young females ABC Radio – Professor Pat Dudgeon – Reducing Australia’s Suicide Rates News GP – Culture, care and reducing suicide risk SMH – My life wasn’t worth living. Now it is. My aim is to work myself out of a job in suicide prevention

October

Journal of the Australian Medical Association WA – Drawing Connections – Indigenous Suicide Prevention – Finding Our Way Forward NATSILMH – The Foundations to Close the Mental Health Gap are in Place – But the Work Lies Ahead National Indigenous Times – Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services drives strong mental health services forward as top priority Study: Racism shortens lives and hurts health of blacks by promoting genes that lead to inflammation and illness Sydney Morning Herald – Mental Illness and suicide costing $500 million a day United Nations Human Rights – World Mental Health Day 10 October 2019 NACCHO News Alert – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people met the criteria for psychological distress The West Australian (Albany Advertiser) – WA’s draft suicide action plan criticised  The Guardian – Why now is the time to disrupt the colonialist model of healthcare

September

NATSILMH – National Indigenous leaders welcome $5.5 million launch of mental health and suicide prevention initiatives ABC News – Experts turn to the healing power of horses to stem escalating suicide rates in Aboriginal youths New York Times – I Was a Low-Income College Student.Classes Weren’t the Hard Part ECU News – Indigenous suicide crisis needs urgent action: review

August

The Age – Petty crimes, private jets and prison: How the WA government wastes millions punishing regional kids ABC News – Mr World Australia, driven by life’s hard knocks, vies for global crown  Croakey News –New guidelines to improve care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of self-harm and suicide  WAPHA – Unprecedented commitment to reducing suicide in the Kimberley  The Guardian – Guardian Australia’s The Killing Times wins prize in NSW premier’s history awards Flinders University blog – New guidelines for self-harm and suicide assessment

July

SBS News – Australia has just got a new national suicide prevention adviser to tackle the mental health crisis SBS News – Harm and family ruin are the top indicators for suicide according to the Coroner’s Report Sydney Morning Herald – How do we cope?’ Nellie Flagg says these deaths can be prevented The Australian – Labor pollies go bush to meet families touched by suicide Triple J (ABC) – Indigenous suicide, constitutional recognition, and dating your mates Mirage News – New mental health research draws wisdom from Aboriginal Elders ABC News – Ex NRL player who attempted suicide has message for new government adviser ABC News – Educational resources about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture

June

ABC News – Suicide strikes remote Kimberley community for second time in two months ABC News Sydney – WA town using music to engage at-risk Indigenous kids and keep town suicide free newsGP –  ‘Not a new tragedy’: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides UWA news – Federal funding boost for Indigenous mental health services The Australian – Broken heart of a nation and 77 souls The Australian – Urgent response ‘no fix for suicide’ The Australian – Families first in Burney’s bid to tackle suicide crisis

May

News.com.au – Australia’s male suicide epidemic is much worse than previously thought, new research shows  ABC RN Breakfast – This is what Indigenous leaders hope to see after the election  Amnesty – Eight issues behind Indigenous youth suicide  The Guardian – Australia must embrace ‘cultural safety’ if we are to close the gap  Buzzfeed – This Young Man Is Hopeful About The Future in Australia’s Worst Suicide Region  Buzzfeed – An Aboriginal Health Service In One Of Australia’s Worst Suicide Regions Is Self-Funding Mental Health Roles  Buzzfeed – This Woman Grew Up In The Worst Suicide Region In Australia. Now She’s Working To End The Crisis  Mental Health Australia – CEO Update – Responding to Indigenous Suicide  The Guardian – ‘Unspeakable’: how can Australia stop the Indigenous suicide epidemic?  NITV News SBS – Inquest into Indigenous youth suicides suggests shift to ‘cultural healing’

April

NITV/SBS – You are light building resilience combat youth suicide  The West Australian – Indigenous youth health forum focus  Liberal Party media release – Support for Youth and Indigenous Mental Health NATSIMLH –  ‘More detail and funding needed’Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention leaders respond to federal Budget

March

The Saturday Paper – Indigenous youth suicides continue NITV News SBS – Why are we losing so many girls to suicide The Conversation – Why are we losing so many Indigenous children to suicide? ABC News – 24 young Indigenous people have died by suicide this year prompting a national campaign  The Guardian – The killing times: the massacres of Aboriginal people Australia must confront  The Guardian – Maps of Massacres  The Guardian – ‘A very tragic history’: how the trauma of a 1926 massacre echoes through the years  NITV News SBS – ‘Australian first’ program trains Indigenous communities to take action on suicide

February
January

The West Australian – Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt says tackling Aboriginal youth suicides is grave challenge SBS NITV News – Government announces funding to halt increase in Indigenous youth suicides