Manual of Resources for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention

Stories from Community: How Suicide Rates Fell in Two Indigenous Communities

The Healing Foundation launched Stories from community: How suicide rates fell in two Indigenous communities at the Second National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth on 21 November 18. The stories captured from the communities of Yarrabah and the Tiwi Islands demonstrate the power of community control and self-determination. The two case studies presented explore the dramatic fall in suicide rates across both communities, from the high rates they experienced in the 1990s.

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When the National Suicide Prevention Trial was announced in 2016, the Greater Darwin region was chosen as one of two Indigenous-only sites (along with the Kimberley in WA) from a total of 12 regions. Approximately half of suicide-related deaths in the Northern Territory occur within the Darwin region. Young people, males, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are particularly overrepresented in those figures.

This factsheet highlights some key considerations when providing culturally secure and effective alcohol and other drug treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Source: Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre

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