Alice Springs hosts inaugural convention on Indigenous Suicide Prevention

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference Source: AAP

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference was held last week in Alice Springs 

People from across the nation met in Alice Springs last week to try to find a solution to the rising rates of suicides in Indigenous communities.

 

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference brought academics and health workers and members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to find a way to deal with the rising crisis of suicides in Australia.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the overall rate of suicide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was twice that of non-Indigenous people.

 

What is more important is what is happening on the ground in families and looking at ways of prevention and support.

 

The conference created a national discussion about mental illness amongst First Nations communites with the view to solutions.

 

Adele Cox, from the University of Western Australia spokes to Living Black Radio about the organisation of the conference.