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
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
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
Indigenous Australians in their 20’s are 4-5 times more likely to die by suicide than their non-Indigenous Australian counterparts. #GetUp has a new campaign where you can support Indigenous suicide prevention. Please show your support – getup.org.au/mentalhealth
Today, Friday 10 October, is World Mental Health Day: raising awareness of #mentalhealth issues #WMHD2014 What is your mental health promise? Visit 1010.org.au for more info
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.
We will all experience some #anxiety at some point in our lives, but how much is too much? Learn the signs & symptoms. You can get help here http://t.co/dYDSbSyOUN via Beyond Blue
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.