In this standing Strong Together podcast we catch up again CEO of Lifeline Australia Colin Seery.
With a third of crisis calls to Lifeline currently coming from Victoria and the highest number of call to Lifeline in history, Collin discusses some of the immediate concerns for Australia's mental health and how life are continuing to support through these difficult times. Colin also introduces us to Lifeline and The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention launch the Wellbeing and Healing Through Connection and Culture Report. Find out what the report is about and how lifeline plan to implement these recommendations to improve their services to mob and make the much needed changes to reach their goal of a suicide free Australia.
"At Lifeline we know from experience that common to all of us is the need for human connection. It gives us the strength to hope. For our First Nation’s Peoples experience of connection to culture and concepts of healing are unique. To acknowledge this strength and seek to understand the hope it brings, Lifeline commissioned the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention to undertake the first literature review of its kind and make recommendations on their findings in the report.
We are grateful to the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention for partnering with us to undertake this important work. We especially acknowledge the report’s authors, Professor Pat Dudgeon, Professor Gracelyn Smallwood, Associate Professor Roz Walker, Dr Abigail Bray and Tania Dalton."
This is a significant contribution to our Nation’s understanding of the key themes and principles surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives and concepts of healing and social and emotional wellbeing as they relate to suicide prevention.
The recommendations made in this report will inform Lifeline Australia’s way forward. They will assist Lifeline and other services to deliver culturally competent and appropriate services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They will be used to enhance our existing service delivery through collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, culturally responsive training programs and program development right across Australia. Most importantly, the recommendations of the report lay the groundwork for Lifeline to support delivery of a culturally responsive Indigenous designed and delivered national crisis line.
Lifeline acknowledge the support of Servier, who have been great supporters of Lifeline for eight years. The team at Servier provided the funding for this report and in so doing, initiated an inspiring opportunity for Lifeline to contribute further to the vision of an Australia free of suicide, and in particular to reducing suicide amongst First Nations people.
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