The Healing Foundation launched Stories from community: How suicide rates fell in two Indigenous communities at the Second National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth on 21 November 18. The stories captured from the communities of Yarrabah and the Tiwi Islands demonstrate the power of community control and self-determination. The two case studies presented explore the dramatic fall in suicide rates across both communities, from the high rates they experienced in the 1990s.
The stories of suicide prevention coming from the communities of Yarrabah and Tiwi Islands are both unique and community led. Because of this the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) provided funding to The Healing Foundation to work alongside each community, so that their story could be told and shared with others.