An Australian Indigenous community-led suicide intervention skills training program: community consultation findings

Nasir, Bushra, Kisely, Steve, Hides, Leanne, Ranmuthugala, Geetha, Brennan-Olsen, Sharon, Nicholson, Geoffrey C., Gill, Neeraj S., Hayman, Noel, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas and Toombs, Maree (2017) An Australian Indigenous community-led suicide intervention skills training program: community consultation findings. BMC Psychiatry, 17 1: 219-219. doi:10.1186/s12888-017-1380-5


Author Nasir, Bushra
Kisely, Steve
Hides, Leanne
Ranmuthugala, Geetha
Brennan-Olsen, Sharon
Nicholson, Geoffrey C.
Gill, Neeraj S.
Hayman, Noel
Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas
Toombs, Maree
Title An Australian Indigenous community-led suicide intervention skills training program: community consultation findings
Journal name BMC Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-244X
Publication date 2017-06-15
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/s12888-017-1380-5
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 219
End page 219
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Language eng
Abstract Little is known of the appropriateness of existing gatekeeper suicide prevention programs for Indigenous communities. Despite the high rates of Indigenous suicide in Australia, especially among Indigenous youth, it is unclear how effective existing suicide prevention programs are in providing appropriate management of Indigenous people at risk of suicide.
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Background: Little is known of the appropriateness of existing gatekeeper suicide prevention programs for Indigenous communities. Despite the high rates of Indigenous suicide in Australia, especially among Indigenous youth, it is unclear how effective existing suicide prevention programs are in providing appropriate management of Indigenous people at risk of suicide.

Methods: In-depth, semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with Indigenous communities in rural and regional areas of Southern Queensland. Thematic analysis was performed on the gathered information.

Results: Existing programs were time-intensive and included content irrelevant to Indigenous people. There was inconsistency in the content and delivery of gatekeeper training. Programs were also not sustainable for rural and regional Indigenous communities.

Conclusions: Appropriate programs should be practical, relevant, and sustainable across all Indigenous communities, with a focus on the social, emotional, cultural and spiritual underpinnings of community wellbeing. Programs need to be developed in thorough consultation with Indigenous communities. Indigenous-led suicide intervention training programs are needed to mitigate the increasing rates of suicide experienced by Indigenous peoples living in rural and remote locations.
Keyword Indigenous
Community-consultation
Suicide prevention
Suicide intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Grant ID APP1076729
APP1107510
Institutional Status UQ

 
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