Culture is life deepens connections and belonging by backing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led solutions to prevent youth suicide and to support young people to thrive.
The history of colonisation and the generational trauma left by past policies and ongoing racism, combined with the everyday realities of life have created difficult lived experiences for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with serious implications for our young people.
In Australia, suicide remains a leading cause of death for young people and the suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remains unacceptably high at more than double the national suicide rate.
Drawing on growing evidence that cultural strength is a protective factor in the health and wellbeing of First Nations peoples globally, Culture is Life backs Aboriginal-led solutions that deepen connection and belonging to culture and country and supports young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to thrive.
If you or someone you know needs help or support, please call one of the following national helplines:
Lifeline 13 11 14;
Beyondblue 1300 22 4636;
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467;
Q Life 1800 184 527;
or contact a Critical Response Support Advocate on 1800 805 801.
Help is also available at https://www.gogentleaustralia.org.au/. For those living outside of Australia, please contact your local mental health or suicide prevention call back service.