First Peoples mental health
Indigenous mental health
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Aboriginal participatory action research: an Indigenous research methodology strengthening decolonisation and social and emotional wellbeing
This report articulates how and why Indigenous knowledge and research methodologies need to be recognised as critical components of research to improve social and emotional wellbeing for First Nations people.
What are the resourcing requirements for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care research project?
This article explores the findings of a research project that aimed to determine the validity of a previously developed culturally adapted depression screening tool for Indigenous people.