One of the initial actions of the Culture Is Life campaign was the development of the Elders Report on Preventing Indigenous Self Harm and Youth Suicide.
Culture Is Life representatives traveled across the country, gathering vital messages from senior Elders about the solutions needed to solve the youth suicide crisis. These voices form the heart of the campaign, which acts to press community concerns upon Government and service providers on the best ways forward for their communities.
The Elders Report has now been published, and is available for download and sharing.
It is foreworded by Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and leading Indigenous psychologist Prof Pat Dudgeon.
The Culture Is Life team is actively working to distribute the Report to all decision-makers and stakeholders involved in improving Indigenous wellbeing.
Following extensive community consultation and research, the Report also includes a list of grassroots community driven suicide prevention programs that are in need of support, specifically compiled for the attention of Government funding programs and the philanthropic sector.
You can support these organisations and the Elders' voices by joining the Be Part Of The Healing project, which aims to
raise widespread public awareness of the issue and raise critical funds for community programs.
Below is a selection of interview excerpts of Elders featured in the Report..