Reports and publications (published elsewhere)

Building bridges: learning from the experts: building bridges to implement successful life promotion and suicide prevention expertise across Aboriginal communities

Posted on: 18 February, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 1, January 2010 - March 2010
Related to Social and emotional wellbeing Remote Research Queensland

Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health Queensland (2009)
Building bridges: learning from the experts: building bridges to implement successful life promotion and suicide prevention expertise across Aboriginal communities.
Cairns, QLD: Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health Queensland

This report describes the implementation and findings of a community based suicide prevention initiative in several Queensland Indigenous communities. The project used the knowledge and experience of the Indigenous community in Yarrabah as a model for other communities for the establishment of effective and sustainable community based approaches to build resilience, reduce suicide risk exposure and reduce self-harm. Through knowledge sharing, the skills, knowledge and experience of each community was strengthened.

The report documents the implementation of this project and discusses the various challenges encountered. This may have valuable implications for future Indigenous community based suicide prevention programs using an empowerment approach.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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