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Alive and kicking goals! is a multi award-winning youth suicide prevention project currently based in the Kimberley, Western Australia. It aims to reduce the high suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in and around Broome through peer education workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and counselling. The project is initiated, managed, and led by Aboriginal people in the Kimberley.
The project involves a range of activities delivered by staff and volunteer youth leaders to their peers. Young people are educated about suicide prevention, positive lifestyle choices, and hope about the future. Alive and kicking goals! delivers its peer education program at community events, schools, and in community settings. Training, education, and support are offered to young men and women who volunteer to be peer educators for the project. Many of the projects clients are now non-Aboriginal students in the school and counselling settings.
In 2010, the project secured Council of Australian Governments (COAG) funding to employ a team leader and three paid peer educators. The employment of a female peer educator has seen the project expand its scope to include young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in and around Broome. The project was evaluated by the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention in 2012 and is currently undertaking longitudinal research. In partnership with the University of New South Wales and the Black Dog Institute, the project will launch the ibobbly app in late 2013, a world-first mobile app for Aboriginal suicide prevention.
Alive and kicking goals! was initiated by members of the Broome Saints Football Club with support from Broome Mens Outreach Service.
Abstract adapted from Advances in Mental Health
Broome Saints Football Club
The West Australian Indigenous storybook (The storybook) is the first in a series of Indigenous storybooks showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia. The stories are from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. The stories of programs contained within The storybook cover a range of social, economic, health and environmental health achievements. The intention of each program was to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of Indigenous people.
The storybook shares both the successes and failures of the programs, and it is hoped that this will encourage a change in how Indigenous programs are planned, delivered and disseminated.
The storybook covers a range of programs including:
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract