WGAR News: Local communities beating back suicide: Neda Vanovac, Yahoo7 News [featuring Youth worker Noeletta McKenzie of Maningrida]

Newsletter date: 17 July 2015; last updated 11:55 am AEST 17 July 2015


* Analysis / Opinion: Neda Vanovac, Yahoo7 News: Local communities beating back suicide [featuring Youth worker Noeletta McKenzie of Maningrida, Gerry Georgatos, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks & Tanja Hirvonen]

* Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: All lives matter - suicides the leading cause of violent deaths

* Bio: Gerry Georgatos - The Stringer
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* Background:

WGAR Background to Suicide and Self-harm in First Nations Communities
WGAR Background: Intervention into Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal communities by the Federal government

* Crisis Support - Talk to Someone - 24-hours/day 7-days/week:
Lifeline - Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention: 13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/
Beyond Blue - Talk it through with us: 1300 22 4636 http://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support

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- Analysis / Opinion

Yahoo7 News: Local communities beating back suicide
17 Jul 15: " ... This week, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) held a round-table talk in Darwin with more than 40 NT service providers to hear about successful grassroots programs that were slowing suicide rates. [Youth worker Noeletta] McKenzie, who manages the GREATS Youth Centre (GYS) at Maningrida, says about 75 young people come through the doors each night. The largest community in Arnhem Land, Maningrida is home to about 3500 people, half of them under 25. "Suicide comes in waves; we haven't had a youth suicide in nearly four years," she told AAP. ... " Neda Vanovac

- Analysis / Opinion

The Stringer: All lives matter - suicides the leading cause of violent deaths
21 May 15: "There should be just as much focus on suicide prevention as there is with trying to prevent homicides and domestic violence. All lives matter. There is no greater legacy that any Government can have than in the saving of lives. During the last ten years Australian homicide rates have been decreasing though tragically the number of women murdered by a current or former partner has been increasing. Domestic violence takes a life every eight days and many are calling it a national crisis. Every death is a tragedy. Suicide takes seven lives each day. ... " By Gerry Georgatos, a researcher in suicide prevention and in racism, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist

- Bio

Gerry Georgatos - The Stringer
"His predominant work is in suicide prevention research and in unveiling racism and in articulating the ways forward. ... Some of his stories on homelessness in First Nations communities have led to many people housed and to restorative cultural projects.  ... He is an expert in his fields, particularly in the understanding of racism and in suicide prevention - and involves himself at the coalface in addition to interfacing with Governments. ... "

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- Background:

WGAR Background to Suicide and Self-harm in First Nations Communities
(last updated: 16 July 2015)

WGAR Background: Intervention into Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal communities by the Federal government
(last updated: 11 July 2015)

- Crisis Support - Talk to Someone - 24-hours/day 7-days/week:

For immediate assistance when life may be in danger
Call 000

Lifeline's 24/7 hotline
13 11 14
Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention services

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467
Twenty-four hours a day seven days a week
The Suicide Call Back Service provides free nationwide professional telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.

Beyond Blue
1300 22 4636
Depression. Anxiety.
Talk it through with us, day or night

Useful national contact numbers - Suicide Prevention Crisis Contacts

Mens Line
1300 78 99 78
MensLine Australia is a professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men

Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800
aged 5 - 25 yrs

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