An Australian Indigenous community-led suicide intervention skills training program: community consultation findings

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Nasir, Bushra
Kisely, Steve
Hides, Leanne
Ranmuthugala, Geetha
Brennan-Olsen, Sharon
Nicholson, Geoffrey C
Gill, Neeraj S
Hayman, Noel
Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas
Toombs, Maree
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Background: Little is known of the appropriateness of existing gatekeeper suicide prevention programs for Indigenous communities. Despite the high rates of Indigenous suicide in Australia, especially among Indigenous youth, it is unclear how effective existing suicide prevention programs are in providing appropriate management of Indigenous people at risk of suicide. Methods: In-depth, semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with Indigenous communities in rural and regional areas of Southern Queensland. Thematic analysis was performed on the gathered information. Results: Existing programs were time-intensive and included content irrelevant to Indigenous people. There was inconsistency in the content and delivery of gatekeeper training. Programs were also not sustainable for rural and regional Indigenous communities. Conclusions: Appropriate programs should be practical, relevant, and sustainable across all Indigenous communities, with a focus on the social, emotional, cultural and spiritual underpinnings of community wellbeing. Programs need to be developed in thorough consultation with Indigenous communities. Indigenous-led suicide intervention training programs are needed to mitigate the increasing rates of suicide experienced by Indigenous peoples living in rural and remote locations.

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BMC Psychiatry

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17

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Clinical sciences

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Psychiatry

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Community-consultation

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Nasir, B; Kisely, S; Hides, L; Ranmuthugala, G; Brennan-Olsen, S; Nicholson, GC; Gill, NS; Hayman, N; Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, S; Toombs, M, An Australian Indigenous community-led suicide intervention skills training program: community consultation findings, BMC Psychiatry, 2017, 17 (1), pp. 219

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