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    Oct 4, 2013
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      Wes Morris slams government suicide prevention programs:
      Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer

      Newsletter date: 5 October 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/10/04/wgar-news-wes-morris-slams-government-suicide-prevention-programs-gerry-georgatos-the-str

      Contents:

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Wes Morris slams government suicide prevention programs
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: 77 Aboriginal suicides in South Australia alone
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Kimberley's Aboriginal peoples old at 45 years
      * Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory - APO NT: Youth Suicide

      * Background to Suicide and Self-harm in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      WES MORRIS SLAMS GOVERNMENT SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Wes Morris slams government suicide prevention programs

      http://thestringer.com.au/wes-morris-slams-government-suicide-prevention-programs/
      30 Sep 13: "The spates of Aboriginal youth suicides have
      reached horrific levels of prevalence, the world’s highest
      when compared racially. Aboriginal youth is suiciding at
      the world’s highest rates but the spike in suicides has not
      been matched by Government funding and responses in order
      to reduce it or prevent these spates recurring. Since my
      investigations into the spates of suicides more and more
      front line Aboriginal rights advocates are condemning the
      lack of Government responses but also attacking the
      inappropriateness of what responses arise from Government."
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      - Related Video

      NITV News:
      The Kimberley's Indigenous youth suicide rate ranked worst in Australia
      By Craig Quartermaine

      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/10/02/kimberleys-indigenous-youth-suicide-rate-ranked-worst-australia
      3 Oct 13: "The manager of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and
      Culture Centre (KALACC) in Fitzroy Crossing has called for
      State and National Governments to refocus on the Indigenous
      youth suicide rate. Wes Harris, Coordinator of KALACC, said
      he believed the guidelines used to define a person as a
      suicide risk make our youth suicide rates one of the worst
      in the world. KALACC has been a part of the Kimberley for
      almost 30 years and has participated into coronial inquests
      into the prevention and treatment of youth suicide."


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      77 ABORIGINAL SUICIDES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA ALONE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: 77 Aboriginal suicides in South Australia alone
      http://thestringer.com.au/77-aboriginal-suicides-in-south-australia-alone/
      4 Oct 13: "Only dead people come into the dreams of South
      Australian Elder Tauto Sansbury. He dreams of the deceased,
      of young lives lost. Mr Sansbury has dedicated his life to
      helping troubled Aboriginal youth, to reduce the rate of
      suicides. "Death is our life," said Mr Sansbury, describing
      the state of the Aboriginal landscape Australia-wide, of
      mourning and sadness for young lives lost far too often.
      Mr Sansbury works pro bono through the South Australian
      community organisation, Garridja, - a Nurrunga word which
      means "to rise". Garridja works to address all areas of
      Aboriginal disadvantage." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      KIMBERLEY'S ABORIGINAL PEOPLES OLD AT 45 YEARS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Kimberley's Aboriginal peoples old at 45 years
      http://thestringer.com.au/kimberleys-aboriginal-peoples-old-at-45-years/
      3 Oct 13: "Incarceration, homelessness and suicide rates
      are all up among Aboriginal peoples and particularly among
      the 15-year-old to 30 year-old age group but the statistics
      and findings for those 150,000 poorest Aboriginal peoples
      standalone, or contained to the remote and regional
      communities, make a mockery of the Closing the Gap claims.
      ... In the Kimberley seven per cent of the total population
      is homeless, with 90 per cent of that comprising Aboriginal
      peoples. Spates of Aboriginal youth suicide in the
      Kimberley in recent years have shocked right minded
      thinking people across the nation." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * ABORIGINAL PEAK ORGANISATIONS NORTHERN TERRITORY - APO NT:
      YOUTH SUICIDE


      - Policy

      Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory - APO NT:
      Youth Suicide

      http://apont.org.au/index.php/youth-suicide.html
      "In October 2011 APO NT made a submission to the
      Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory Inquiry into
      Youth Suicide in the Northern Territory. The rate of
      suicide in the Northern Territory (NT), especially youth
      suicide, is simply unacceptable. Between 2005 and 2009,
      the NT had the highest rate of suicides compared to other
      Australian states and territories. For this reason alone,
      suicide is a significant concern in the Northern
      Territory, particularly amongst Aboriginal people.
      But it goes much further than this:
      Aboriginal youth suicide is a cancer in our communities."


      Welcome to APO NT
      http://apont.org.au/
      "Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory-APO NT-
      is an alliance comprising the
      Central Land Council (CLC),
      Northern Land Council (NLC),
      North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA),
      Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) and
      the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT)."


      * BACKGROUND TO SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM
      IN ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITIES:


      Last updated: 4 October 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/08/13/background-to-suicide-and-self-harm-in-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-communities

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