General recommendations for future Indigenous suicide prevention

  1. All future Indigenous suicide prevention activity should:
  • utilise and/or build upon the range of success factors identi ed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project; and
  • include a commitment to, and a provision for, the evaluation of the activity and the dissemination of ndings to further strengthen the evidence base.
  1. All Indigenous suicide prevention activity should include community-specific and community led upstream programs focused on healing and strengthening social and emotional wellbeing, cultural renewal, and improving the social determinants of health that can otherwise contribute to suicidal behaviours, with an emphasis on trauma informed care.
  2. Justice reinvestment principles should be used to secure additional funding for a range of upstream diversionary activity for Indigenous young people away from the criminal justice system. This could include programs to support young people and families, sport or other activities, or by enhancing access to quality education and employment. Justice reinvestment principles should also be used to fund improvements to Indigenous mental health and alcohol and other drug services and programs.
  3. Governments should support the training, employment and retention of Indigenous community members/people as mental health workers, peer workers and so on in suicide prevention activity. In particular, Indigenous young people should be supported and trained to work in suicide prevention activity amongst their own.
  4. All mental health service provider staff working with Indigenous people at risk of suicide and within Indigenous communities should be required to achieve Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in cultural competence and the delivery of trauma informed care. These services should also be required to provide a culturally safe environment.
  5. Preparatory work should be immediately commenced to develop suicide prevention activities specific to the needs of those who have suffered child sexual abuse, in preparation for the release of the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
  6. Indigenous people identifying as LGBTQI should be represented on all Australian Government and other Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention advisory fora.

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