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Njernda Aboriginal Corporation in Echuca is in the process of developing an early intervention response to suicide among Aboriginal youth due to the higher rate of youth suicide among Aboriginal communities when compared with the non-Aboriginal population.
As part of a larger youth suicide prevention program, this study explores help seeking preferences of Aboriginal people in the event of a threat of or an attempted suicide in Echuca.
Community members including Aboriginal youth, adults and Elders as well as Aboriginal and mainstream service providers were surveyed using the Njernda CRUNCH questionnaire. This pictorial questionnaire explores an individual's help seeking preferences in the event of a threat of or an attempted suicide by asking them to indicate how they would respond when confronted with an individual in seven different suicide related scenarios.
The findings from this study will provide crucial information in developing early intervention strategies for suicide prevention in rural Aboriginal communities.
Source: Mental Health Association Australian and New Zealand Blog