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      Date: 18 April 2014 15:22
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: The Elders' Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm & Youth Suicide
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      The Elders' Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm & Youth Suicide

      Newsletter date: 18 April 2014

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/04/17/wgar-news-the-elders-report-into-preventing-indigenous-self-harm-youth-suicide

      Contents:

      * The Elders' Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm & Youth Suicide
      * Culture is Life Campaign: Promoting community led solutions to Indigenous youth suicide
      * Petition: Be Part of the Healing: Indigenous Youth Suicide Must End
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Elders across Australia say Governments need to listen to them on how to address youth suicide
      * Audio regarding the Elders' Report [Includes 2SER, The Stringer on SoundCloud, NIRS, SBS News on SoundCloud & ABC]
      * Video regarding the Elders' Report [Includes SBS & ABC]
      * News regarding the Elders' Report [Includes The Greens, The Guardian, Rural Doctor, SMH, ABC & 9 News]
      * Background to Suicide and Self-harm in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities


      * THE ELDERS' REPORT INTO PREVENTING INDIGENOUS SELF-HARM & YOUTH SUICIDE


      - Elders' Report

      The Elders' Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm & Youth Suicide
      https://bepartofthehealing.org/EldersReport.pdf
      https://bepartofthehealing.org/eldersreport/EldersReport_EMAIL.pdf
      "REPORT SUMMARY
      The Elders' Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm &
      Youth Suicide was produced between 2012 and 2014 by
      Indigenous led social justice organisation People Culture
      Environment in partnership with Our Generation Media. It
      was developed in response to a massive and unprecedented
      increase in Indigenous youth self-harm and suicide that
      has occurred over the past 20 years across Australia’s
      Top End. Over this 20 year period the incidence of youth
      suicide in these communities went from being an extremely
      rare phenomenon, to one where the rate of Indigenous
      youth suicide is now the highest in the world. ... "
      Max Dulumunmun Harrison, Yuin (NSW);
      Chair, People Culture Environment;
      Director, Culture is Life


      * CULTURE IS LIFE CAMPAIGN:
      PROMOTING COMMUNITY LED SOLUTIONS TO INDIGENOUS YOUTH SUICIDE



      - Campaign homepage

      Culture is Life: Promoting community led solutions to Indigenous youth suicide
      http://www.cultureislife.org/
      "The rate of youth suicide in Indigenous Australia is now
      the highest in the world. Indigenous Elders are calling for
      support to help them heal their communities. This is their
      campaign. Please watch the campaign video, and share the
      campaign and The Elders Report with your social networks."


      - Campaign Video

      Vimeo: Be Part of the Healing from Culture Is Life
      http://vimeo.com/91572208
      10 Apr 14: "For more information, visit bepartofthehealing.org
      Produced by Our Generation Media ( ourgenerationmedia.org )"

      Culture Is Life on Vimeo
      http://vimeo.com/cultureislifevideo
      "Culture Is Life is an Indigenous Elders led campaign to
      put an end to the high rates of youth suicide and self harm
      amongst Indigenous communities in Australia.
      For more information, visit our website cultureislife.org "


      * PETITION:
      BE PART OF THE HEALING:
      INDIGENOUS YOUTH SUICIDE MUST END



      - Petition

      Be Part of the Healing: Indigenous Youth Suicide Must End
      Join us in calling on the Government to support and promote
      community-led healing to end Indigenous suicide.

      http://www.bepartofthehealing.org/
      "Almost non-existent 30 years ago, the rate of youth
      suicide and self-harm in Indigenous communities across
      Australia is now the highest in the world. Urgent action
      is desperately needed to address this crisis. Current
      mainstream efforts by Government policy makers and health
      and social services are not working, nor are they
      empowering communities to implement their own solutions.
      Indigenous community leaders and Elders are calling for
      your support to help them heal their young people, by
      reconnecting them to their culture, and strengthening
      their sense of identity. ... "


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      ELDERS ACROSS AUSTRALIA SAY GOVERNMENTS NEED TO LISTEN TO THEM ON HOW TO ADDRESS YOUTH SUICIDE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Elders across Australia say Governments need to listen to them on how to address youth suicide
      http://thestringer.com.au/elders-across-australia-say-governments-need-to-listen-to-them-on-how-to-address-youth-suicide/
      15 Apr 14: "Thirty Elders from across northern and central
      Australia are calling on Government to recognise cultural
      and regional identities, differences, and norms if the
      rising rates of youth suicide are to be stopped. The Elders
      said that Governments need to redirect funds from the
      litany of failed non-Aboriginal run policies to cultural
      and regional run programs - managed only by First Peoples.
      ... Today, the Culture is Life organisation launched the
      Elders Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm and
      Youth Suicide. This morning, I myself, as a researcher on
      premature and unnatural deaths and suicide, who has been
      using the complement of my journalism to advocate for an
      end to the suicide crises plaguing this nation, presented
      the report to Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs,
      Nigel Scullion." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * AUDIO REGARDING THE ELDERS' REPORT
      [INCLUDES 2SER, THE STRINGER ON SOUNDCLOUD, NIRS, SBS NEWS ON SOUNDCLOUD & ABC]



      - Audio

      2SER: Report calls for Indigenous Elders to lead the way addressing
      http://www.2ser.com/component/k2/item/8428-report-calls-for-indigenous-elders-to-lead-the-way-addressing-suicide-among-indigenous-youths
      "Suicide remains the leading cause of the death for
      Australians aged between 15 and 44, but Indigenous
      Australians in this age group are at particularly high
      risk. The Elders' Report into Preventing Indigenous
      Self-harm & Youth Suicide calls for indigenous elders to
      lead the way in addressing this epidemic. Professor Pat
      Dudgeon, co-chair of the Aboriginal Mental Health and
      Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, joined us on air this
      morning."

      The Stringer on SoundCloud: Culture is Life coordinator Peter McConchie
      https://soundcloud.com/the-stringer/culture-is-life-coordinator

      The Stringer on SoundCloud: Central Desert Elder David Cole, "It must be our people"
      https://soundcloud.com/the-stringer/central-desert-elder-david-2

      The Stringer on SoundCloud: Gerry Georgatos and Elder David Cole - "we had to find a word for suicide"
      https://soundcloud.com/the-stringer/gerry-georgatos-and-elder

      The Stringer on SoundCloud: Central Desert Elder David Cole on suicide prevention
      https://soundcloud.com/the-stringer/central-desert-elder-david-1

      The Stringer on SoundCloud: Central Desert Elder David Cole on youth suicides
      https://soundcloud.com/the-stringer/central-desert-elder-david

      NIRS: Call for cultural strength to reduce suicides
      http://nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/33392/Call-for-cultural-strength-to-reduce-suicides.html
      15 Apr 14: "An anti-suicide campaigner says restoring
      peoples' cultural identity is crucial to reducing the First
      Nations youth suicide rate, as a new report on the issue is
      released today. The Elders Report into Preventing Indigenous
      Self-harm and Youth Suicide, sponsored by the Culture is
      Life organisation, canvasses 30 Elders from across central
      and northern Australia. It includes contributions from
      Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and Indigenous mental
      health expert Professor Pat Dudgeon. ... " By Gerry Georgatos

      NIRS: Report takes in elders' views on youth suicide
      http://nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/33395/Report-takes-in-elders%27-views-on-youth-suicide.html
      15 Apr 14: "The Elders' Report into Preventing Suicide and
      Self Harm has been released today. The report, an
      initiative of the Culture is Life organisation, canvassed
      thirty Elders across northern and central Australia on the
      suicide crisis. Central Desert Elder David Cole says twenty
      years ago, suicides of First Peoples made up only five per
      cent of all suicides, but today they make up more than 50
      per cent in the Northern Territory. ... " By Gerry Georgatos

      SBS News on SoundCloud: Elders seek new approach to youth suicide prevention
      https://soundcloud.com/sbsnews/elders-seek-new-approach-to-youth-suicide-prevention
      "Tormented by youth suicide rates in their communities up
      to 100 times the national average, a group of Indigenous
      elders has united to save a generation. Hoping to tackle
      the alarming rate of Indigenous youth suicide, the elders
      have launched a campaign lobbying the Federal Government
      for a new approach. Gary Cox and Murray Silby reports."

      ABC Kimberley: Mornings with Vanessa Mills
      http://blogs.abc.net.au/wa/2014/04/the-voice-of-elders-needs-to-be-heard.html?site=kimberley&program=kimberley_mornings
      15 Apr 14: "Did you grow up with the mantra "listen to your
      Elders" or "Respect your Elders"? For a myriad of reasons
      that moral value has diminished in our society. There's a
      particular chasm in the role that Aboriginal Elders play in
      their communities, which is linked the the loss of country,
      culture and connection, and so intrinsic to both the
      heirachy and sense of self. 31 Elders from across northern
      Australia (7 from the Kimberley) have voiced their concern
      about the high rate of suicide and self harm amongst
      Aboriginal youth. Derby's Lorna Hudson is one of the Elders
      in the report who were asked for their thoughts on the
      cause and the solutions."

      ABC AM: Aboriginal elders report on youth suicide
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-15/aboriginal-elders-report-on-youth-suicide/5390644
      http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s3985536.htm
      15 Apr 14: "In a new report Aboriginal elders from across
      Northern and Central Australia speak candidly about the
      rising rates of youth suicide in their communities. They
      say government funded suicide prevention programs are based
      on good intentions but are failing to protect their young
      people. The elders argue that young people can build self
      esteem by going on camps to learn more about their own
      culture." Brendan Trembath


      * VIDEO REGARDING THE ELDERS' REPORT
      [INCLUDES SBS & ABC]


      - Videos

      SBS News: Indigenous Elders launch campaign to tackle youth suicide
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/04/15/indigenous-elders-launch-campaign-tackle-youth-suicide
      15 & 16 Apr 14: "In some remote communities in the
      Kimberley, youth suicide rates have reached 100 times the
      national average. Aboriginal Elders are now taking their
      fight to tackle the problem all the way to Canberra. ...
      Aboriginal Elders from across Australia have united to
      tackle the alarming rate of Indigenous youth suicide. The
      Elders have written a report and launched a campaign to
      lobby Canberra for a new approach they hope could save a
      generation."
      By Gary Cox, Reporter and producer, SBS World News

      Gary Cox - SBS News
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/author/gary-cox
      "Gary is a SBS video journalist and producer, who has
      worked as a correspondent in more than a dozen countries,
      reporting from the field on issues ranging from Egypt's
      revolution to youth homelessness in Australia. ... "

      ABC 7pm TV News NT: Elders blame loss of cultural identity for rise of Indigenous youth suicides
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-15/elders-blame-loss-of-cultural-identity-for-rise-of/5394488?section=nt
      16 Apr 14: "Aboriginal elders in northern Australia say a
      loss of cultural identity is one of the main reasons behind
      rising Indigenous youth suicide rates." Michael Coggan

      ABC Lateline: Action needed on Indigenous youth suicide
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-15/action-needed-on-indigenous-youth-suicide/5392968?section=nt
      15 Apr 14: "Elders from communities across the Top End of
      Australia are calling for help to address shocking rates
      of suicide among young people in remote communities."
      Michael Coggan


      * NEWS REGARDING THE ELDERS' REPORT
      [INCLUDES THE GREENS, THE GUARDIAN, RURAL DOCTOR, SMH, ABC & 9NEWS]



      - News

      The Greens: Investments in community programs vital to address suicide rates
      http://greens.org.au/node/4300
      "The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal
      Government to support community driven and delivered
      programs to address self harm and youth suicide, saying
      that funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      medical and mental health services must be protected from
      cuts in the upcoming budget. "Today's Elders' Report Into
      Preventing Indigenous Self-harm & Youth Suicide is
      promoting community led solutions to suicide, with a focus
      on helping young people connect with their culture,"
      Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
      "The report highlights the importance of culture and
      cultural connections in reducing suicide and building
      strength in the community. ... "

      The Guardian: Indigenous suicide at 'crisis' numbers after youth lose their cultural identity
      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/indigenous-suicide-at-crisis-numbers-after-youth-lose-their-cultural-identity
      15 Apr 14: "The loss of cultural identity is a major factor
      in explaining the high rate of suicide among Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander people, and the government should
      focus on a more "community-centred approach" involving
      local elders to address the "crisis proportions" of
      Indigenous suicides, says a new report. The report features
      interviews with 30 elders throughout Western Australia, the
      Northern Territory and Queensland and documents their
      solutions to prevent self-harm, particularly among younger
      Indigenous Australians, as part of the Culture is Life
      campaign." Oliver Laughland, a journalist for Guardian Australia

      Rural Doctor: Child suicide rising in Indigenous communities
      http://www.ruraldr.com.au/news/child-suicide-rising-in-indigenous-communities
      16 Apr 14: "Child suicide is becoming an increasing concern
      in Indigenous communities, according to a shocking new
      report that says even children as young as 10 are taking
      their own lives.
      The Elders’ Report into Preventing Indigenous Self Harm and
      Suicide released on Tuesday shows that suicide and
      self-harm has risen dramatically in the past 20 years among
      Indigenous Australians. In 1991 just 5% of suicides in NT
      involved Aboriginal people – this had risen to 50% by 2010.
      ... " Ruby Prosser Scully

      SMH: Culture is key to tackling suicide epidemic, elders say
      http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/culture-is-key-to-tackling-suicide-epidemic-elders-say-20140414-zqull.html
      14 Apr 14: "Indigenous elders should be put in charge of
      arresting an epidemic of youth suicide in Aboriginal
      communities, according to a report to be released on
      Tuesday. The report, based on interviews with more than 30
      elders from communities in northern and central Australia,
      calls for suicide prevention funding to be directed to
      elders to help young people connect with their land and
      culture. "Culture has become life-giving medicine for our
      people, closing the wounds of the past and standing us
      strong to face the future," Pat Dudgeon, ... " Dan Harrison,
      Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media;
      based in Canberra

      ABC News: Aboriginal elders lament loss of culture as Indigenous youth suicides rise
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-15/aboriginal-elders-report-on-youth-suicide/5390836
      15 Apr 14: "Aboriginal elders in northern Australia say a
      loss of cultural identity is one of the main reasons for
      rising Indigenous youth suicide rates. The elders have
      outlined their views on the issue in a new publication. Two
      years of consultation has gone into the elders' report into
      Preventing Indigenous Self-harm and Youth Suicide. The
      report, released today, has interviews with 31 elders and
      community representatives. The suicide rate of young
      Indigenous people in the north of Australia has been rising
      for the past 20 years and is now claimed to be the highest
      in the world. ... "

      9 News: Culture could save lives: elders
      http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/04/15/11/50/culture-could-save-lives-elders
      15 Apr 14: "The Elders Report into Preventing Indigenous
      Self-harm and Youth Suicide, released on Tuesday, has
      called for federal and state governments to support
      teaching culture to young people by funding programs and
      equipment such as four-wheel drives and camping gear.
      Dean Gooda, from Fitzroy Crossing in WA, warns that
      outsiders should not be driving suicide prevention programs.
      "We end up with ideas on suicide prevention that come from
      Canberra and bear no resemblance to what is needed in the
      community and on the ground," he said."


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


      Last updated: 7 April 2014

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

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