Jilya World Suicide Prevention Day Concert 2021

What an incredible night for our first official ticketed concert for World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th at Winthrop Hall, UWA. 

A remarkable coming together of over 800 attendees and many more online to say that Australia cares about our most vulnerable communities. The unacceptable rates of Indigenous child suicide and Jilya’s clear solutions to this has captured the hearts and minds of Australia as we hoped it would. The concert attracted national interest aided by the significant media and social media reach which means that literally millions of people are now aware of Jilya across this nation.

The concert also attracted incredible support from top Indigenous artists Gina Williams AM and Guy Ghouse, Kobi Morrison and Moombaki, Bojesse Pigram and Naomi Pigram & Kin, Ash Penfold & Corroboree for Life, as well as internationally renowned, ARIA-award winning musician and songwriter John Butler.

In addition, due to the amazing generosity of donors and some pretty cool support from some high profiled Australians (Julia Zamiro; Narelda Jacobs, Troy Cassar-Daley) we had a successful fundraising drive to enable the attendance of 78 Aboriginal family and community bereaved by suicide. It is so important to us that these families who continue to walk a journey of grief that is unimaginable, feel that there is hope. This is what the concert is about. 


We were also able to show some love for around 400 Indigenous front line mental health volunteers by also offering free seats underwritten by some major(anonymous)donors. 

It was an amazing night, MC’d by the wonderful Tina Alteri who also interviewed three of our students on stage – Tex Garstone, Dom Barry and Shaun Garlett who were all inaugural Jilya scholarship recipients and 3 of our 7 male Indigenous psychology students. It is so important the we reach Aboriginal men who are often therapy reluctant. 

Finally, an address by our founding director, Dr Tracy Westerman concluded by announcing our ELEVEN recipients of the Jilya scholarships for 2022. She ended her speech by speaking directly to the 20 current scholarship recipients in attendance:

“Please stand, our students. I borrow from the words of Kamala Harris

Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourselves in a way that others might not see you, simply because they have never seen it before.

And we will applaud you every step of the way.

You show every Aboriginal person what is possible through the power of education.

It has the power to close the gap for every one of us as it did for me.

You have learnt that your most important virtue is bravery, for it enables all of the others. 

Bravery to understand that your greatest advantage is the disadvantage you have all come from. 

Bravery to not have allowed it to define you nor limit you.

That makes the very essence of who you are, what you have lived, and the hope and optimism this represents to be the most important element of how our communities will find the strength to heal ourselves”. 

John Butler

John Butler is the front man for the John Butler Trio, a roots and jam band that formed in Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1998.

The John Butler Trio has recorded five studio albums including three that have reached number one on the Australian charts: Sunrise Over Sea, Grand National and April Uprising. His recordings and live performances have met with critical praise and have garnered awards from the Australian Performing Right Association and Australian Recording Industry Association.

Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

“Williams and Ghouse excel in writing songs that instantly feel familiar, despite being sung in an unfamiliar language. Williams is out to change that. Only 400 people speak Noongar fluently, and she told the audience of her passionate plea
for us all to learn five Noongar words – #fivewords.”

Bourby Webster, Seesaw Magazine 2020

Naomi Pigram

Recipient of the ‘Too Solid’ female vocalist of the year award Naomi Pigram is a proud indigenous person of Yawuru and Wadjarri people.

Naomi is a singer, songwriter, performing artist and community service worker from Broome. Her professional performing career began at the age of 15 starring in Bran Nue Dae cabarets. Naomi studied dance at Naida and, at the age of 17, toured nationally in the role of Christina with Corrugation Road across three different tours. In 1999 she played the lead in the Dendy-award winning short film Kulli Foot and has supported many major Australian Artists including Missy Higgins and Archie Roach. In 2013 Naomi appeared in the film Dark Whispers which was written and directed by her sister Ngaire Pigram. This earned Naomi a WOW award for her leading performance.


Bojesse is a 23 year old singer/songwriter from Western Australia growing up between his hometowns Broome and Perth. Bojesse was raised in a musically rich family, and despite the “family business” it wasn’t until age 16 that Bojesse turned to music as an outlet for the “typical emotional rollercoaster that is adolescence”.

Drawing from artists such as John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Jon Bellion, Bojesse is currently developing his sound and diving deep into the realm of music production and song writing. 2017 marked a huge event where Bojesse made it to the live finals and top 12 of The Voice Australia finishing 11th overall. He walked away from the whole experience with his glass half full having learnt a lot about the engine that drives massive TV productions and all its workings.

Kobi Morrison

Kobi is a 27 year old Bibbulmun Noongar who was born and raised in Perth. While he studies as an English major at UWA, Kobi spends his spare time playing music and  being involved in various music projects such as Moombaki, Koondarm, Koorlong, Madjitil Moorna and Endeavorous.  These projects have earned him the 2018 Perth NAIDOC Youth of the Year award.

Tina Altieri

Tina is a TV News Presenter for the Seven Network and a sought-after MC and professional speaker. A dynamic and engaging communicator and journalist who has earned respect through her 30 years in the Australian broadcast news business.

She commenced her career in the media as a radio reporter, then joined the Channel Ten Eyewitness News team and, in doing so, became the youngest TV newsreader in Australia. Tina made her screen debut as a TV News Presenter at age 19. For decades, Tina has been in lounge rooms all over Australia and New Zealand in her capacity as a News and Current Affairs anchor  for the major Australian networks including SkyNews Australia. Tina can now be seen on the Channel 7 Network – in Channel 7’s Award-winning newsroom and Sunrise.

Ash - Corroboree For Life

The stars aligned, and we were thrilled to welcome Ash Penfold and his talented Corroboree for Life crew to perform a ‘Welcome to Country’ dance at our Jilya WSPD concert.

Corroboree For Life is a youth empowerment and suicide prevention group that raises awareness in the community of Perth through culture and dance.

This concert would not have been possible without the generous support of UWA:

A huge thank you to our many other concert donors and supporters:

Couldn’t make the concert? You can support Jilya through a donation: