Suicide Story is a suicide prevention program created for use in Aboriginal communities by Aboriginal people who live and work in remote Aboriginal communities.
Suicide Story was developed by MHACA in partnership with local Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory. We maintain an Aboriginal Advisory Group (SSAAG), to ensure cultural safety and storytelling integrity throughout the Program. Program workshops are delivered by local Aboriginal facilitators trained in the Suicide Story content and ‘both-ways’ learning. The Program uses cultural practices to guide participants through the process of understanding suicide and reducing stigma so that participants can effectively identify and respond to the signs of suicide risk. Suicide Story uses local and culturally specific approaches to suicide prevention respecting the unique needs and issues within each community.
Suicide Story was created to make stronger the skills, knowledge and confidence of Aboriginal people and communities to intervene and prevent suicide in their communities. The program uses a joined up approach that allows community members to work with service providers, in a culturally safe space, to look at how we manage suicide risk for Aboriginal people in remote areas.
How can communities participate?
A community interested in receiving a Suicide Story workshop must first complete a Suicide Story Delivery Request form (see link below) with a sufficient number of Indigenous community members included on the application.
Once the Suicide Story Delivery Request form has been confirmed by the Suicide Story Aboriginal Advisory Group, workshop delivery preparation begins in partnership with the community. Suicide Story is delivered by trained Aboriginal Facilitators to Aboriginal people and communities. Non Aboriginal people can be invited to attend by the community.
Suicide Story partners
We would like to acknowledge all the organisations who work in partnership with MHACA, with the release of their staff, to help us deliver this incredible Suicide Story resource. The following services have formalised their support in a Memorandum of Understanding with MHACA:
- Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
- Drug & Alcohol Services Association of Alice Springs
- Alcohol and other Drug Services Central Australia
- Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation
- Youthplus (St Joseph’s Alice Springs Flexible Learning Centre)