Youth Suicide in NT Subject of Critical Report

29 March 2012

Suicide Prevention Australia would like to acknowledge and commend the report released by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory Select Committee on youth suicide.

The report addresses the worryingly high rate and increase in youth suicide in the Northern Territory, in particular the issues concerning indigenous youth suicide.

“This report goes some way towards addressing the issues causing high Aboriginal suicide rates, and hopefully this will soon be supported by the proposed National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy” said Suicide Prevention Australia’s Research and Policy Development Coordinator, Sara Maxwell.

Suicide Prevention Australia’s CEO Ryan McGlaughlin hopes that this is taken up as a matter of priority by the Northern Territory Government.

“The training of front line workers, mental health staff, school staff, police, youth workers and court staff is a vital step that needs to be taken.
When someone at risk of suicide seeks helps it is imperative that those who respond are well equipped and non-discriminatory. This response can be the difference!” Mr McGlaughlin said.