NACCHO working together with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health organisations to prevent suicides

Joe KobierFeature, News, Press Release

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day across the globe provides a unique opportunity to collectively emphasise the importance of suicide prevention measures within our communities. The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) supports the national action on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental illness and suicide prevention.

Acting NACCHO Chair, Donnella Mills says, “NACCHO welcomes the Government’s commitment and national actions towards reducing suicide rates and improving mental health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“Mental health and suicide remain one of our top priorities as research shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 2.7 times more likely to experience high levels of psychological distress than other Australians. The attempted suicides are almost twice the rate of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and they are missing out on the much-needed mental health services.

“Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations are best placed to be the preferred providers of mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, and suicide-prevention activities in their communities. They need to be adequately resourced to develop community-led solutions that consider issues from a social and emotional perspective and provide appropriate solutions to prevention.

“Harnessing this global momentum on World Suicide Prevention Day is critical to ensure productive and meaningful solutions are put in place to drive suicide rates down.  We will continue to advocate for appropriate funding to ensure community-led solutions to arrest suicide.”

In March 2019, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and NACCHO called on the Prime Minister to make tackling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth suicides a national health priority.

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