First Peoples mental health
Indigenous mental health
An overview of Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention in Australia
This report provides essential information and statistics on mental health, suicide and self-harm among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It outlines contemporary Australian policy responses and directions, and risks and protective factors for mental health and suicide prevention. It also explores evidence of best...
Proposed actions for alcohol related harm in central Australian communities
This report recommends that the NT Government, with the help and partnership of the Commonwealth, acts to implement immediate restrictions for takeaway alcohol on town camps and nearby remote communities.
Nōku te Ao: sovereignty of the Māori mind
The purpose of this report is to present a Māori world view of factors that contribute to discrimination of people who have experienced — or continue to experience — mental distress.
Investigating enhancements of Indigenous data in suicide-relevant data sets
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...
Food security and Indigenous mental health
This report explores the extent and impact of food insecurity on the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including efforts to address food insecurity.
Geographic variation in suicide risk and service delivery to Indigenous Australians
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.
Supporting young Aboriginal people who self-harm: a guide for families and communities
This guide aims to help families and communities in Western Australia understand what they can to do to support a young Aboriginal person who is self-harming.
Employment and Indigenous mental health
This paper provides an overview of policies and programs that address Indigenous employment and mental health and examines the evidence on labour force programs that can improve Indigenous mental health.
Indigenous self-governance for mental health and suicide prevention
Through an examination of key issues, policies, frameworks, and programs, this paper provides a synthesis of relevant information on Indigenous self-governance in relation to mental health and suicide prevention.
Connection to community
Connections to community are an important source of resilience for Indigenous Australians. This paper discusses several protective factors resulting from community connection that work to prevent suicide by strengthening resilience and increasing social and emotional wellbeing.
Indigenous mental health, housing and homelessness
In this paper, the authors examine the evidence of what works and does not work in mental health and suicide prevention programs and policy initiatives associated with housing and homelessness for Indigenous Australians.
Protective and risk factors for suicide among Indigenous Australians
This report outlines protective and risk factors that contribute to suicide among Indigenous Australians and the existing data collections and methods used for measuring protective and risk factors for suicide.
Close the gap - transforming power: voices for generational change
This report features nine case studies that demonstrate the essential role of Aboriginal and Torres Islander led decision-making and self-determination and need for reflection and accountability from governments and mainstream services.
Exploring mental health presentations in remote Aboriginal community controlled health services in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia using an audit and file reviews
This study aims to explore the role of mental health care in remote Aboriginal health services in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and provide a more nuanced understanding of the patients presenting for care, their needs and the clinical response.
Improving mental health outcomes for Indigenous Australians in the criminal justice system
This report synthesises available evidence from programs and initiatives that aim to improve mental health for Indigenous Australians who have contact with the criminal justice system.
Impact of racism and discrimination on physical and mental health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples living in Australia: a systematic scoping review
This systematic scoping review aimed to assess, synthesise, and analyse the evidence in Australia about the impacts of racism on the mental and physical health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Breaking the Silence
This summary report presents the key findings of a state-wide survey completed by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, living in Western Australia and identifying as LGBTIQ+.
National mental health and suicide prevention plan
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.
ACCHS Social and emotional wellbeing: service model
This report presents a strategy for the WA Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services’ Social and Emotional Wellbeing Model and has been informed by a review of relevant literature and consultations with Aboriginal Health Council of WA Member Services during 2018.
An exploration of interventions for healing intergeneration trauma to develop successful healing programs for Aboriginal Australians: a literature review
This article explores literature about Indigenous people from around the world to seek interventions which have been successful in healing intergenerational trauma.
Opinions and perceptions of Indigenous mental health applications from service providers and youth samples: a pilot study
This journal article evaluates opinions and perceptions around managing health and the relevance of available mental health applications for Indigenous youth by surveying values of Indigenous service providers and youth samples in a regional area, in order to better target online mental health information.
Summative evaluation of the national Indigenous critical response service: final report
This report is an evaluation of the development and implementation of the National Indigenous Crisis Response Service, providing support for individuals and families who have experienced a suicide or other traumatic event in their family network.
Wellbeing and healing through connection and culture
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.
Impact of racism and discrimination on the physical and mental health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Australia: a protocol for a scoping review
Racism is increasingly recognised internationally as a key factor contributing to health disparities. A comprehensive body of strong research from international authors has reported negative associations between racism and health outcomes. In Australia, although the literature is more limited, available findings follow global trends. Australia...
“He’s never coming back”
This report examines the cases of eight people with disabilities who died in custody in Western Australia between 2015 and 2020, six of whom were Aboriginal people.