Indigenous-run mental health services are struggling to attract funding for suicide prevention programs, according to Aboriginal mental health workers. Indigenous people are twice as likely as other Australians to take their own life.
In some areas young Aboriginal people take their own lives at 7x the national trend. Mental health advocate Dameyon Bonson said the situation was getting worse for LGBTI communities: "As a gay Aboriginal person myself, I [had] just got used to there not being any resources," he said.
Mr Bonson used crowd-funding to raise $26,000 for the awareness project via donations from the public. Indigenous mental health advocates said grassroots organisations should not be left to do important work without government support. Read More via ABC