Brisbane Indigenous Media Association
Young People Keeping Strong
South East Queensland region
December 2015 - July 2017
Suicide remains a persistent problem in Australia and is significant issue in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The most recent ABS data indicates the number of suicide related deaths in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5-17 years is 4.8 times higher per 100,000 than that of non-indigenous children.
A review of suicide prevention programs conducted by the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention found there was an urgent need for effective programs targeting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. As a community controlled not-for-profit organisation based in south-east Queensland, the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) is well placed to address this gap by drawing on their experience in developing informative and educational audio and print resources for First Nations people and communities.
With our funding support, BIMA will work with local youth to develop visual stories focused on young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing factors that contribute to the high levels of youth suicide amongst this group.
The project will take a strengths based approach working with the themes of culture and identity to promote protective and health-seeking behavior among Indigenous youth.
Through increased awareness, it is hoped that there will be a reduction in the stigma surrounding this issue, and as a result, an increase in help-seeking behaviors in young Indigenous Australians.
For more information on the program visit: www.bimaprojects.org.au
16 July 2018
29 June 2018