This submission responds to the 2014 National Children’s Commissioner Inquiry into Intentional Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in Children.
In it, Jesuit Social Services calls for a whole-of-community approach to tackling the risk factors for self-harm and suicide.
The submission urges Governments to:
- Effectively plan for and adequately resource a full spectrum of evidence based services that promote the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children. This should include specialised community based support for children with complex needs
- Provide ongoing investment in building the skills and capacity of community services and mental health workforce, including competency to work with children and young people
- Invest in targeted, culturally safe suicide prevention activities in Aboriginal communities.
- Ensure that postvention services for children form part of the mental health service system, with all Australians bereaved by suicide having the opportunity to access these services.
- Ensure that vulnerable Australian children have access to meaningful community activity including community cultural development programs.
- Ensure that outdoor activity and similar programs play a role in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable Australian children.
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