Suicide Prevention

Kawuna-Miruma (to gather together and take care of)

Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation is launching a new program in 2020 focused on suicide prevention and mental wellness- Kawuna-Miruma.

Kawuna-Miruma means to gather and take care of and is a phrase used in the Wanaruah language. The program is staffed by two Aboriginal Mental Health workers who are available to support members of the community through their mental health crises.

The program is supported by our experienced team of health practitioners at Ungooroo, including our General Practitioners and psychologists, as well as working closely with acute mental health care providers.

The program aims to provide targeted and culturally appropriate community awareness programs and support to individuals within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of Singleton and Muswellbrook, with a specific focus on suicide prevention.

Individuals are able to access support to address their concerns and isolation in the following ways:

Yarning groups to share and exchange information with others in the community and those impacted by mental health
Support to self-assess your stress risk factors to ensure that referral to acute care is timely when required
Group training to better identify and understand your mental health and supports available
Increased access to information and resources
Support sessions to build resilience and networks
Supported access to supplementary services to improve holistic health and wellbeing

The mental health and wellbeing of our mob is important. By enhancing our resilience, acknowledging the past and providing community interventions, together we can heal from pain, suffering and trauma. Together we can reduce the losses to suicide in our community.

You can access support from Ungooroo’s Mental Health Workers by phoning (02) 6571 5111.

If you are in immediate danger or require support after hours, please call one of the following crisis lines:

If you or someone you are with is in immediate danger, please call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

National Indigenous Critical Response Service

National Indigenous Critical Response Service provides emotional and practical support to bereaved families and individuals impacted by suicide or other traumatic loss. Our advocates are experienced in listening and providing culturally responsive support. They can liaise with local communities and services to identify who is best placed to provide the help families need. The Critical Response Support Advocates are not counsellors and do not provide counselling or other clinical support. Thirrili is a non-profit organisation supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

Thirrili
1800 805 801
Open 24/7

Beyond Blue

Talk to a trained mental health professional any time of the day or night. Calls are confidential. They will listen, provide information and advice and point you in the right direction to seek further support.

Beyond Blue
1300 22 46 36

Lifeline

24-hour crisis support telephone service. Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Lifeline
131 114

NSW Mental Health Line

A mental health professional will answer your call about mental health concerns for you or someone you are concerned about, including children, teens, adults and older people.

Mental Health Line
1800 011 511

Suicide Call Back Service

National services that provides free 24/7 phone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide.

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467

Kids Helpline

A telephone counselling support line for children and young people ages 5 to 25 and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Kids Helpline
1800 551 800