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Please carefully consider your needs when reading the following information about Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention. If you are looking for help or crisis support, please contact:
13YARN (13 92 76), Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 22 4536).
The AIHW acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities that are affected by suicide each year. If you or your community has been affected by suicide and need support, please contact the Indigenous Suicide Postvention Services on 1800 805 801.
The AIHW supports the use of the Mindframe guidelines on responsible, accurate and safe suicide and self-harm reporting. Please consider these guidelines when reporting on these topics.
Cultural learnings: strengthening Aboriginal children's wellbeing
This project aims to strengthen the knowledge and self-esteem urban Aboriginal children have of their racial identity by developing, implementing and evaluating an intervention called Cultural Learnings. This project expects to generate new knowledge using an innovative, yet culturally secure transfer of knowledge from Aboriginal Elders and carers to children within a school environment. Expected outcomes include improved carers' efficacy in teaching children about identity and culture; improved school cultural security and improved range of strategies used by children in response to racism. These should provide significant benefits such a positive shift in children's school outcomes such as attendance, behaviour, attitudes, effort and achievement.