Cbpatsisp

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experiences of suicide

Life in Mind recognises the important role of lived experience in suicide prevention.

In June 2018 the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) facilitated a workshop to investigate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experiences of suicide. Information was sought about possible differences regarding the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to that of the non-Indigenous population.

A key aim of the workshop was to examine the need for a specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experience definition and network. A number of outcomes arose from the workshop which identified the need for the provision of culturally appropriate services and responses to Indigenous suicide prevention that prioritises Indigenous understandings and practices of well-being and healing, particularly in relation to suicide prevention. Workshop participants also emphasised the importance of local solutions, including capacity building within communities and organisations, being culturally informed and guided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with lived experience.