The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) will evaluate the effectiveness of existing suicide prevention services and programs. A report will recommend improvements to, or alternative evidenced-based service and program delivery models, where indicated by the evaluation.
ATSISPEP has responded to calls to action to:
- prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of working
- establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth forum
- strengthen the evidence base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention
- develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural framework for suicide prevention services and programs.
It will provide a report to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs by mid-2016 making recommendations for improvements to existing services and programs, and recommendations about alternative evidenced-based service and program delivery models, where indicated by evaluation.
Suicide is one of the most common causes of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. On average, over 100 Indigenous Australians end their lives through suicide each year, with the rate of suicide twice as high as that recorded for other Australians. Indigenous suicide rates can vary markedly by age, gender and other factors.
These maps provide a visual insight into how the number and rate of Indigenous suicides can vary across different regions of Australia:
Suicide numbers and rates by region can be viewed here
Suicide trends over time in suicide numbers can be viewed here
The community consultation map can be viewed here
If you are looking for help please call one of the following national helplines:
Lifeline Counselling Service: 13 11 14; Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (cost of a local call)
ATSISPEP is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet