Babana Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Awareness Day summary
Babana Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Awareness Day 13.9.19 ...
The annual Babana Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Awareness Day is in its fourth year and continues to grow as our community seeks to become more involved in both better understanding what is happening and engaging in solutions and ideas on how to address an issue that touches the lives and communities of so many. As an organisation Babana Aboriginal has been involved in the Redfern and Inner Sydney community for several years with a simple focus of listening to what the community wants and how we can go ahead and support them in that endeavor. Over the years we have played a significant role when it comes to family and domestic violence, drug and alcohol addictions, campaigns to stop smoking, housing and employment. More than a decade ago we began what is now the annual ANZAC Day Colored Diggers March with only a handful of people that has now blossomed into an event that welcomes thousands. The issue of suicide is one, however, that continues to touch us as an organisation very deeply. Over the years we have lost members and we have seen first-hand the impacts and the aftermath. It has also been through this journey that we have stepped up and translated what our community and mob are saying into real action – and we have done this with no financial support from the Australian or State Government on this one, burning issue. After the 2016 Babana Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Day we took the feedback and turned it into a simple resource called “how to have a yarn” which has since been downloaded tens of thousands of times and shared widely across social media. A simple resource that seeks to educate our people on what to look out for when someone might be in trouble right through to how to respond if they are. Our poster campaigns “Dial a Brother” and “Listen with out judgement, talk without fear” is about educating mob on the small things such as listening and talking that can make a huge difference. For my part I was honoured and humbled to see hundreds from across our communities come and join us on the 13th of September to once again look at what we can do as a community every single day to prevent suicide.
This document is a summary of the workshops that were conducted over the course of the day and some basic data around attendance and the connection of people with the subject matter. It also sets out our action plan around the recommendations that have come from our mob and how we might go about putting it into place. Of course, these events take more than just time to put together – it takes money. On that front I would like to thank the Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, Tribal Warrior, Wesley Lifeforce, ANNECTO, the NRMA and Transport for New South Wales – it’s because of their support we do what we do and it’s because of our community that we continue to strive for the best.
Mark Spinks, Chairman of Babana Aboriginal Mens Group
[ suicide prevention / mental health / mens health / community / family health / well-being ]