CULTURE IS LIFE

Culture is Life is a national campaign to end Indigenous suicide, driven by Indigenous Elders. It is a great campaign that deserves recognition amongst mainstream society. It believes that Indigenous youth suicide can end by bringing back culture to these young lives which will provide a sense of identity and belonging. The campaign created the Be Part of the Healing initiative to help raise awareness of Indigenous youth suicide in Australia.

They are trying to raise funds to help bring Elders to Sydney in order to speak to communities that need help. You can help too. Check out their website here – http://www.cultureislife.org

Here is a clip from their campaign; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibuVK_HnFXU

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‘Buroinjin’ a traditional Aboriginal game has inspired students to raise awareness of Indigenous youth suicide

It is called ‘buroinjin’, a traditional Aboriginal game of handball. Former sports stars have teamed up with some Canberra students to help raise awareness of Indigenous youth suicide. Read the full story here – Buroinjin back in play as Stephen Larkham joins students to raise awareness of Indigenous suicide

 

R U OK?

Impact Media

The women of Roebourne got together during Mental Health Week for a night of pampering and fun, while spreading an importance message about suicide awareness. Strong women from the community opened up about their experiences, inspiring bonding, coming together and healing.

The event was hosted by Pilbara Motorcycle Sisters.

If you need someone to talk to, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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Mindframe’s new app for mental illness & suicide

Mindframe (mindframe-media.info) and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health have just launched a new smartphone app that supports busy journalists filing mental illness and suicide stories while on the run.

The app complements existing media resources and aims to further support responsible, accurate and sensitive representation of mental illness and suicide in Australian media. The new app is understood to be the first of its kind internationally developed specifically for the time-poor media industry to allow faster access to Mindframe information, which includes quick reporting guides, facts and statistics, helpseeking information for promoting, and national story sources’ contacts.

The app is free and available on portable Android and Apple devices, for both smartphones and tablets, and can be used both online and offline. Download app here – http://www.mindframe-media.info/home/resource-downloads/media-resources/?a=11269)#sthash.P4K7Pg5N.dpuf

 

 

 

National Mental Health Week

JUST ONE WEEK TO GO – HAVE YOU MADE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH PROMISE YET?

You have a role to play in your own mental health. It’s about taking the time to look after yourself.

You can start by making a Mental Health Promise to yourself, right now. It’s simple – check it out here 1010.org.au

It’s all part of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, coinciding with National Mental Health Week, 5 -12 October 2014.

Mental Health Australia is part of Australia’s mental health promotion group.

SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH: Words to Live By

Aere Perennius

Words are among the most powerful weapons in the world. They can make or break someone. Other times, words can save lives.

Here are some words from famous people that we can live by:

  • “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”
    ― Martin Luther King

  • “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming.”
    ―  Hellen Keller

  • “While there is life, there is hope.”
    ― Marcus Cicero

  • “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”
    ― Martin Luther King

  • “Never, Never, Never Give in…if you’re going through hell, keep going.”
    ― Sir Winston Churchill

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The week that was.. #WSPD14 & #RUOKDAY! But is it enough?

The past week has been massive for the message of suicide prevention. Last Wednesday 10 September was World Suicide Prevention #WSPD14 which centred on the theme of ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected’. The theme ‘reflected the fact that connections are important at several levels if we are to combat suicide – at an individual level, cross support services, and cross country/countries’. Find out more here – http://wspd.org.au

The following day was #RUOKDay on Thursday 11 September which is a campaign to encourage people to ask their mates R U OK? to start a conversation which could ultimately save a life. Find out more here – http://ruok.org.au

Both are great campaigns to get people to thinking about suicide and how to combat it. It was hot news on social media particularly on Twitter, in fact Save Our Mob’s twitter received a lot of traffic during this week. Here are some of the highlights;

Although these campaigns shine a light on suicide prevention, are we doing enough to follow through to fight suicide? Helen Christensen from the ABC’s The Drum seems to think not…In fact she believes Australia has a ‘scattergun approach’ to suicide.

Read her article here – Our scattergun suicide prevention isn’t enough – Helen Christensen

What do you think of Helen’s article? Do you think her comments are fair? Check out the comments on Helen’s article to get a sense of what others are saying. Leave your comments below.