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Recommendations made by new NT youth suicide report

Posted on: 9 April, 2012
Issue: Vol 12 No 2, April 2012 – June 2012
Related to Deaths Injury Social and emotional wellbeing Northern Territory

The Select Committee on Youth Suicides in the NT has tabled its report Gone too soon: a report into youth suicide in the Northern Territory.

The report finds that young people in the Northern Territory are three and a half times more likely to commit suicide than young people nationally. It also finds that Indigenous deaths account for 75% of all child suicides in the Northern Territory between 2007 and 2011.

The report identifies four areas of further action and makes 23 recommendations, including that:

  • headspace centres be established at Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy
  • a Litchfield Activity Hub be constructed as a ‘one-stop’ youth wellbeing facility in outer Darwin
  • a high-level Suicide Prevention Coordination Committee be established
  • comprehensive mapping of youth and community services be undertaken
  • the Department of Education review school bullying and cyber-bullying policies
  • the Coroner’s Office be resourced to provide grief counselling services and to maintain a Suicide Register.

The federal government has backed the recommendations made in the report.

Source: Select Committee on Youth Suicides in the Northern Territory; Sydney Morning Herald

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