About us

We believe in people till they believe in themselves

The National Suicide Prevention & Trauma Recovery Project works with and supports the most vulnerable individuals in our community and where possible, their families and carers. We’re a unique force in the Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders support program network and as a not-for-profit, we need ongoing support and funding for our work to keep making a difference.

We work with individuals with complex and high needs and our focus is to improve the life circumstances of those affected by mental health, hardship, trauma and struggle.

Our values

The Black Struggle

A First Nations woman wearing a facemask is holding up a sign that says "My skin shouldn't be a death sentence."
In unconventional manner we began this service to provide support to those among us who have nowhere to turn. From the beginning we began with an aftercare model focus, and ultimately with an effective 24/7 approach. We continued through difficult times during the last few years, because we know that so many of our people – particularly sisters and brothers living poverty – have always felt the ache and harrow of being seen as different. We are the Black Struggle. Where our identity was made a liability, where we were denied being who we are, where we were punished for our very existence, where the sins of those who came to our lands uninvited, without any delay, by force, took our homelands and went about excluding us. To this day, many of us are still seen as different, and we say this to each other in inherent understanding. Oh, we still understand, we are seen as different. But they do not understand us. We are not understood when we reach out and are met by people who are not the descendants of the First Peoples of this continent. Different Eyes. Therefore, we are The Black Struggle, Different Eyes.

So, we have focused our service, to those of our people who need us. 
Where we have resonance, not dissonance. Where we have connection, not disconnection. Where we love, not expect.

Megan Krakouer speaking into a microphone in front of a crowd.
We do not close ‘cases’, we do not have a time-limit on being there for our sisters and brothers. From the very beginning we have chosen to lead with the memories of sin which wound the affected, the children, the parents, leading with their voices, their stories. We will be there for you. If it is possible, we will come to you.
We forefront some of the issues which injuriously ache the heart, make identity a liability, scouring demonisations and horrid assumptions of people no one should endure. This service cannot be a nameless sea of words but a light in the dark bringing forth the shadows. Without light, there are no shadows. This service must also be a dividend of change agency, a lifting of the lid, a spurring of understandings, the turnpike to reform. We are there for the individual and for systemic reforms. 
 
We must not nestle a crafting of sorrow for sorrow’s sake. We must not be lassoed, corralled into the tidal waves of silences and in fear of pugnacious behemoth institutions. We must not hide in endless banalities and torrents of self-centredness, where with coward-like fashion we merely court in a seeming endlessness of reports and recommendations. We must not become part of what has been, of what not only fails but which stonewalls and betrays. We let you know, together we can make difference. Our lived experience, yours and mine, when combined can help us make positive changes. You are always two more hands to reach others. 
 
There are many themes which we have drawn from the once unheard, which we keep private, confidential, but which have informed us, educated us. We hear the unheard and see the invisible. We have lived side by side those of us who many refer to as case studies and testimonies – from the affected – parents and children. With mostly unmanageable burdensome weight will collapse from your shoulders. We are here to believe in you, till you believe in yourself, and you will. We continue together thereafter, in a journey of unfolding iterations.

Our Impact

Since its inception in 2019, the National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project have provided support to 20,000 critically vulnerable individuals across the nation in a range of issues. A snapshot includes:

Record low

Self-harming at Acacia prison

Reduced self-harming at Acacia Prison, the largest adult male prison in the southern hemisphere within one quarter of a year, in the last quarter 2020, during a nine-month contract.

First Nations self-harms were 33 in the preceding quarter when we commenced work at Acacia Prison, and we positively impacted immediately.

In the last quarter 2020, after we started mid-October, we succeeded in achieving a record low of First Nations self-harms 3, which were not considered serious. This was an Acacia record low.

Changed laws

Changed laws in Western Australia with relentless advocacy including the Bail Law Act, Fines Enforcement amendments, and were pivotal in securing a Custody Notification Service for WA, the NT and SA, while also imperative in saving the CNS in NSW and the ACT.

First Nations children standing in front of the Aboriginal flag

Our Vision

To change lives and save lives
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