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All people require love and hope as critical foundations for a meaningful and resilient life but are we as a nation, creating places and spaces for each other to connect in our everyday lives?
Culture is Life’s LOVE & HOPE Suicide Prevention Campaign [Nov 9 – Dec 6] urges all Australians to listen with their hearts to the lived experiences of First Nations young people, their families and communities.
“Our suicide rates are at least twice that of other Australians and we know from our own lived experiences, that there’s not many families that haven’t been touched. The reason this is happening is because this is the end result of the story of colonisation, where we were put into missions and reserves, where there was genocide, where we were taken from our families. You can’t wipe out a history like that, it is transmitted intergenerationally. We are still one of the most disadvantaged groups. There is still racism. So, you know, put all that together, and it’s no wonder that we’ve got the problems that we have.” Professor Pat Dudgeon, Bardi, Project Director, Centre for Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention
“When I think about the very essence of our culture, it’s those fundamental and traditional values of respect and authenticity and vulnerability and resilience. No matter what our people go through, we always seem to be able to find more love and more hope.” Will Austin, Keerray Wurrung and Peek Wurrung, Culture Squad, Culture is Life
Help and Support
If you or someone you know needs help or support, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hours-a-day), contact your local Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation, call Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or call Q Life: 1800 184 527.