Finally, some federal focus on Kimberley suicide epidemic

Talks to tackle escalating suicide rates in Western Australia’s Kimberley will be held in the coming weeks, the Federal Government said today.

A spokesperson for Federal Health minister Sussan Ley said the round table discussions would work through the best ways to develop a suicide prevention trial for the region.

“The Government is serious about a call to action on suicide, which is why as part of our commitment to improve mental health and reduce suicide rates, the Government recently announced a landmark suicide prevention trial site in the Kimberley region,” the spokesperson said.

“This roundtable is the first step in bringing together all relevant stakeholders on the ground, to see how we best implement this landmark trial.”

The Kimberley leads the world in Indigenous suicide rates. The suicide rate in the region is seven times the national average. In March, a 10-year-old girl committed suicide, shocking the country.

A number of organisations and NGOs have been putting pressure on the Federal Government to focus on the appalling rate, led by the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre in Fitzroy Crossing.

 Wendy Caccetta 

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