Accurate and timely data about suicide and suicidal behaviour of Indigenous Australians are important to measure progress against Closing the Gap Target 14. Through a desktop review and consultation with stakeholders, this report found a high degree of complexity in the process of classifying, coding...
This report identifies regions (using the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Indigenous Regions) in which suicide prevention among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is likely to be relatively challenging compared with other regions.
This draft strategy outlines the Tasmanian government's plan for reducing suicide and suicidal distress, and for increasing access to connection and support for Tasmanians. The government recognises that effective suicide prevention requires a whole-of-community as well as a whole-of-government response.
This summary report outlines an evaluation of the consultation data that was received via an online survey, social media feedback, thought leader interviews and a series of community-based workshops, as part of the process of shaping Tasmania's next suicide prevention strategy.
This report provides a snapshot of the sector, the state of the community and Australia's national policy platform. This year's report reveals that 70% of Australians have experienced elevated distress beyond their normal levels, compared with this time last year.
Emergency department presentations for young people who have self-harmed or are experiencing suicidal ideation are on the increase. This report outlines better alternatives, including safe spaces with youth peer workers or a crisis support team that comes to the young person’s home.
The Tasmanian Department of Health is developing the next Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, on behalf of the Tasmanian government. The strategy, which will be the third of its kind, will set the vision and priorities for preventing suicide in the State for the next five...
Record numbers of Australians are heeding the call to seek help from suicide prevention services in a 'silver lining' that shows the sector is making a major contribution to keeping the community safe, according to this report.
This strategy document recognises that Australians need a system that acts early to help people before mental health conditions and suicidal distress worsen. It also suggests that whole-of-government and whole-of-community changes are needed to deliver preventative, compassionate, and effective care.
This paper aims to provide a catalyst for the actions needed to address the crisis of Indigenous suicide. It begins by examining a major barrier to addressing Indigenous suicide, before discussing some of the likely causes of suicide, and factors that make Indigenous suicide qualitatively...
Effective interventions to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviours among children in contact with child protection and out-of-home care systems: a rapid evidence review
Suicide is the leading cause of death over the past six years in young people generally, and it has increased across every state and jurisdiction. The aim of this rapid evidence review is to outline the role played by involvement in the child protection system—including...
This review summarises the emerging research and knowledge, key themes and principles surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives and concepts of healing and social and emotional wellbeing as they relate to suicide prevention.
Suicide Prevention Australia designed the State of the Nation in Suicide Prevention Survey to gather in-depth intelligence from their membership and the broader suicide prevention sector. The information they have gathered on this area will inform their policy and advocacy work in 2020/21.
In light of worsening mental health among New Zealand youth over the past decade, a new Koi Tū commentary piece is calling for urgent action to better understand the underlying factors and effective strategies for prevention and intervention. Youth mental health in Aotearoa New Zealand...
This report reveals some key findings that show what strategies are required to help prevent suicide in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impacts on mental health.
This document outlines 12 key commitments by which the Western Australian Government will work to improve lived experiences for young Aboriginal people in the state, and particularly in the Kimberley region.
Suicide in rural and remote Australia: mental health strategies cannot effectively operate in isolation
This paper argues that a national rural and remote mental health strategy is necessary to improve the capacity of mental health services to combat the disturbing trend of high rates of suicide in remote and rural Australia. Also needed are other policies and strategies that...
The 2019 Kimberley Empowered Young Leaders Forums in Broome and Kununurra were facilitated to build the skills, responsibility, confidence and capacity in young people.
This inquiry report examines the deaths by suicide of 35 children and young people within 12 months of their involvement in child protection over the period 1 April 2007–1 April 2019. The report highlights the chasm between formal, coercive child protection interventions, and a child...
Guidelines for best practice psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts
These guidelines contain recommendations for the effective and appropriate psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
This case study demonstrates how Lifeline Australia brought the beneficiary voice and experience into developing a text-based, crisis support service.
In response to the recent high rate of suicide deaths among Indigenous young people and children, and the Western Australian Coroner’s report of the Inquest into the 13 Deaths of Children and Young Persons in the Kimberley Region, Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and...
Suicide Prevention Australia works to create a better policy and funding environment for suicide prevention in Australia. This national policy platform advocates for immediate changes to government policy architecture.
National Party policy document outlining their plans for promoting youth mental health and suicide prevention.
Poverty and social exclusion play a big role in Indigenous child suicide. The causes are complex, but we know enough to act now to reduce the number of deaths in our communities.