Lighting the Dark, Preventing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide

Suicide Prevention Community Forums

Suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is at crisis point.  The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) identified the need for leadership on this issue and a sector lead approach to address suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland. In 2012, QAIHC in collaboration with the Gold Coast Titans, Titans for Tomorrow were successful in receiving funding from the Australian Government under the “Supporting Communities to Reduce the Risk of Suicide” (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Component) funding to produce a DVD.

The DVD, “Lighting the Dark, Preventing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide” focusses on the provision of ‘real life’ coping mechanisms from a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (including current and former Gold Coast Titans players).  The stories highlight how these individuals dealt with depression and attempts of suicide and other mental health issues as a means of providing other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with coping mechanisms to address their own mental health issues.

A series of ten community forums have been run at selected Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services throughout Queensland. Social and Emotional Well Being (SEWB) staff employed at these services have been responsible for the local implementation of the community forums.

If you are interested in hosting a Suicide Prevention Community Forum in your community, please contact the
QAIHC SEWB Workforce Support Unit on 07 3328 8500.

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