Working to reduce youth suicide in Alice Springs

Release Date: 
5 November 2019
Media release

Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, has used his visit to Alice Springs to meet with and hear from local organisations who are working to address youth suicide in the region.

“It was very beneficial to hear about local programmes that are addressing mental health, suicide and emotional wellbeing here in Alice Springs,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Suicide prevention is a key priority for the Morrison Government, and I’m particularly focused in listening to and learning from people who are on the ground, every day, working with those in need.”

“We must look at what’s currently working, and build upon that work to ensure that communities are empowered to address these issues directly.”

Indigenous Australians are nearly twice as likely as non-Indigenous Australians to commit suicide.

“These are stark statistics, and we as a government must work with service providers and health care professionals to close this gap.”

With the day focused on addressing suicide in the region as well as delivering better outcomes for children and youth Minister Wyatt met with a number of organisations.

“These organisations are focused on providing mental health and suicide prevention activities, with a very clear focus on improving the health and future of Indigenous youth and their families,” Minister Wyatt said.

“The Morrison Government remains focused on working with leaders, young people and communities throughout Australia to identify what more can be done and how we can best provide support.”

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Authorised by Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Member for Hasluck.