Community involvement and locally driven programs remain at the core of addressing appalling rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders suicides according to Western Australian based suicide prevention researcher Adele Cox.
.A Bunuba and Gija woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia is Senior Indigenous Community Research Consultant on the National Empowerment Project and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project.
Speaking following the release of the discussion paper in Canberra late last week. Ms Cox says sadly there is still a long way to go before the wider Australian population and society as a whole recognise the high rates of suicide are very real... and unless there is a change in mindset .. there is still a battle ahead before Australians take the issue seriously.
Ms Cox says her people know the things that work for them, but for too long they've been prescribed how and what needs to happen....and that communities need to be front and centre in the delivery of services.
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