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Community broadcasting suicide prevention project



This project uses community radio to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention among people in hard-to-reach areas, such as Indigenous communities, outback communities, and rural and remote communities.

Each month the project produces 20 radio messages and an accompanying magazine that are distributed to over 250 community radio stations across Australia. The messages feature stories of people who have overcome difficult times in their life. As well as raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention, the messages also seek to link people with mental health services and promote help-seeking behaviour.

In 2010, the project produced a set of specific messages for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences. The initial series of six audio segments was developed with the input of members of Indigenous communities and was translated into six Indigenous languages. The messages provided culturally appropriate information on:

The project, which commenced in 2008, is managed by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2011 it won the the Special Media Achievement Award at the Mental Health Media Achievement Awards.

Abstract adapted from Living is For Everyone (LIFE)


Ian Watson
Project Manager
Community radio suicide prevention project
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA)
Ph: (07) 3847 3859
Mobile: 0448 801 381
Fax: (07) 3847 3859


Last updated: 18 April 2012
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