Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum launches in Melbourne
Published: 4 December, 2019
The Black Dog Institute is proud to be supporting Thirrili’s Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum. Held in Melbourne from the 4th-6th of December, it is a significant opportunity for community, support services, and government to gather and plan action in the suicide prevention space.
Leilani Darwin, Head of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre, will be running two pre-forum workshops. The first will focus on the Lived Experience Centre, and the second will focus on the Prime Minister’s National Suicide Prevention Taskforce, alongside Jaelea Skehan.
A key recommendation from the “Indigenous Lived Experience Project Report” was to establish a Lived Experience Centre and Network specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, acknowledging that Lived Experience in mental health and suicide looks different to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In early September 2019, funding was received from the federal government through Minister Ken Wyatt for the development of a network; the first of its kind here in Australia, and internationally.
The Centre is an Australian and International first network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to ensure culturally in-tune design and delivery by community, for community. It will support mainstream organisations to effectively and meaningfully engage lived experience expertise in the delivery of mental health and suicide prevention programs across the country.
“These workshops are opportunities for our communities to contribute to initiatives that directly impact them. These initiatives demonstrate a significant shift in the way we are doing things, and a shift to doing these things meaningfully,” says Leilani Darwin.
The first workshop will be focused on co-design of the definition of Lived Experience for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. From the Indigenous Lived Experience Project Report, it was acknowledged that Lived Experience of Suicide and Mental Health for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people is different to mainstream conceptions of Lived Experience. This co-design will be part of many co-designs to define what Lived Experience is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, and ensuring that community is part of the process.
The second workshop will be focusing on how the Prime Minister’s National Suicide Prevention Taskforce can help Indigenous communities achieve holistic wellbeing.
For more information about the forum, visit http://isp-mel.aventedge.com/
To find out more information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre, please click here.
Alternatively, you can contact the centre at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know is in crisis please call one of the following national helplines:
LIFELINE COUNSELLING SERVICE - 13 11 14
SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE 1300 659 467 (cost of a local call)