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New Conversations Matter reports released on Close the Gap Day

Thursday, March 20, 2014


The Hunter Institute of Mental Health today released three consultation reports detailing the needs and views of Aboriginal people when discussing suicide.

Produced by the Hunter Institute's Conversations Matter project, and supported by the NSW Mental Health Commission, the reports will now be used to develop resources for Aboriginal communities to support suicide prevention activities across Australia.

Conversations Matter already has general online resources developed to support community discussion about suicide. They provide practical information for communities and professionals to guide conversations about suicide.
Hunter Institute Director Jaelea Skehan today welcomed the reports and acknowledged the NSW Aboriginal communities that took part in their consultation.

“The reports detail the consultation process across three Aboriginal communities in New South Wales. They will help to develop appropriate and culturally safe resources for Aboriginal communities when discussing suicide, due to be released later this year,” said Ms Skehan.

“We would like to acknowledge and thank the stakeholders and community members who contributed to this process. This includes the Awabakal, Biripi and Gomeroi communities who provided the insight and information provided in these reports.

“It’s also Close the Gap day and the Hunter Institute acknowledges the need for ongoing partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations working in this area to ensure greater social and emotional wellbeing,” she added.


The reports are available for download here:

For more information about the Conversations Matter resources please visit the Community Resources webpage.