Let's start by admitting that what we've been doing so far has not really been working that well. The sorrowful stats show it; the profound pain in thousands of families proves it. Therefore, we should not simply use new funds to expand on old programs and approaches.
It is through dadirri that organisations like Lifeline will seek to understand and help confront this unfolding national tragedy of suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) communities, and it’s hoped that in this election period our political class can really listen too.
Many ask themselves in that moment the same question that the nation has been asking itself this week after learning of these sorrowful stats -- why? And, particularly, why this increase in deaths by suicide now?
As we confront a national emergency in suicide with some seven preventable deaths every day and suicide fatalities far exceeding road fatalities, we need to ask ourselves what role new technology is playing -- is it helping or harming?