The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that incidents of suicide among Indigenous communities are double that of non-Indigenous Australian society and the fifth leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people.
Continuing her efforts to combat these troubling statistics, Associate Professor Myf Maple from the UNE School of Health is leading a book fair on 19 and 20 April at the UNE ‘Stro.
“The two day book fair we are calling ‘Turn the Page on Suicide’. Open to public, the Book Fair will support an important national cause, with all proceeds going towards sponsoring two ATSI delegates to attend the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Canberra in the middle of the year,” A/Prof Maple said.
“Suicide is most prevalent in rural areas where there is a lack of services. Even though community members are very effective in reducing the impact of suicide in these communities, they often do so in isolation of broader support.
“We have much to learn from their work, which is why we are supporting two such participants to attend the conference and effectively join the national conversation.”
A/Prof Maple is hoping for the donation of another 1,500 books to the Fair and calling for the community’s help.
“Those wishing to donate can do so at New England Mutual branch in Armidale and Technology Park, the regional Department of Education and Communities in Rusden Street, the Armidale hospital social work department, and several locations across UNE.”
All donations must be made by 13 April.
The Turn the Page on Suicide Book Fair partners with another fundraising effort by A/Prof Maple and seven other trekkers who are organising a walk across the West MacDonnell Ranges on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia.
‘Hike 2 Halve Suicide’ is an effort to support Suicide Prevent Australia’s goal to halve the number of suicide deaths in Australian within a decade.
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- New England Mutual, cnr Dangar and Rusden Street, Armidale
- Community Mutual Group, Technology Park, Madgwick Drive, Armidale
- Regional office, Department of Education and Communities, Rusden Street, Armidale
- Social Work Department, Armidale Hospital, Rusden Street Armidale
- School of Health (C013) tea room
- Health Annexe (N16) tea room
- Earth Sciences (C02) staff tea room
- Lamble Building (C033) Research Services
- McClymont Building (W034) staff tea room
- Economic, Business & Law EBL (W038) foyer next to law library
- Behavioural Cognitive and Social Sciences (SO6) administration building room 17 and staff tea room
- Arts building (E011) south corridor
- Uni4me office Located next to Café Life (C018) top courtyard
- Education Building (E007) Located in staff common room