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Jilya World Suicide Prevention Day Concert
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In the lead up to WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY we are aiming to raise enough funds to offer 15 wonderful young Indigenous people a psychology scholarship with the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health.
The scholarship differs from other scholarships by not just being ‘transactional’ or about financial support alone. The most critical aspect is that each recipient is personally mentored by Dr Tracy Westerman AM in best cultural and clinical practice.
The expansion of this scholarship is entirely dependant on our donors to expand its reach and grow.
Our main fund raising event is our Jilya World Suicide Prevention Day Fundraising Concert. To help us raise funds and awareness, you can find out more about this event of national and critical significance here:
CURRENT FUNDING STATUS
The Jilya Institute is committed to increasing the number of Indigenous Psychologists in Australia. This directly addresses the needs of Indigenous communities and families who continue to have a lack of access to clinically and culturally appropriate specialist services. This will provide the best opportunity our Nation has in addressing the escalating rates of Indigenous mental health and child suicides, which are now the highest in the world. Through the Scholarship Jilya intends to #BuildAnArmy of Indigenous psychologists. The scholarship preferences those who have remote and rural connections and/or who wish to return to a remote or rural area to work in Indigenous communities upon the completion of their degree. The scholarship includes:
- A $10,000 bursary (plus 17% admin) that can be used to support the student in a way that enables them to meet the rigorous demands that come with Psychology training
- Mentoring and support of scholarship recipients via research, training and other networking opportunities
Why Do we need more Indigenous psychologists
“Imagine having a child caught in the grip of mental illness and there are no services to help. Imagine when you do find a service they struggle with the very basics of cultural understanding that the opportunity for healing is effectively lost”
Dr Tracy Westerman
The ‘system’ has been built by non-Indigenous people, to meet the needs of non-Indigenous people, and is delivered to Indigenous people by, frequently, non-Indigenous people. It is therefore unsurprising that this is failing and the implications of doing nothing new or different are clear. Listen here to Dr Tracy Westerman speaking on ABCs “All In The Mind” on “Why we need more Indigenous Psychologists”
Our children deserve a better future.
Indigenous children die by suicide at 6 times the rate of non-Indigenous children. Our highest risk communities are consistently our most remote. Help us to #BuildAnArmy of Indigenous Psychologists to address the needs of these communities, where successive Governments have failed. Our country has now had generationally the highest child suicide rates in the world. The Dr Tracy Westerman AM Indigenous Psychology Scholarship Program directly addresses the needs of bereaved Indigenous parents and communities by ensuring access to specialist clinical and cultural services into these regions.