Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Roundtable

24 Jun 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Roundtable

In June 2014, indigenous leaders, experts and stakeholders met in Perth to discuss suicide prevention among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to identify the actions needed to turn the high rates of suicide around.

This was Canadian academic Professor Chandler's third visit to Australia to discuss suicide prevention.

Approximately 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous leaders, experts and stakeholders attended.

Link to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Roundtable Report: The Third Conversation:

http://natsilmh.org.au/sites/default/files/documents/The%20Third%20Conversationv-final.pdf

The resulting Call To Action affirms culture as central to improving social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and reducing suicide. It affirms that action to reduce suicide should be informed by culturally informed research knowledge and evidence, and supports whole of community and whole of government approaches.

Link to Call To Action:

http://natsilmh.org.au/sites/default/files/documents/Call%20to%20Action-final.pdf