Jilya World Suicide Prevention Day Concert
10 September 2021
Winthrop Hall at UWA
– Raising funds and awareness for Indigenous suicide prevention –
More than just a concert
On World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2021, The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health (“Jilya”) will hold a fundraising concert to address the shocking rates of Indigenous child suicide which are now at the world’s highest rates.
This years concert will feature performances by John Butler, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, Kobi Morrison and Moombaki; Naomi Pigram and Bojessie Pigram.
“Jilya” means “my child” in Nyamal: for this is about our children. It reflects the underlying vision of Jilya – to provide a world in which our most vulnerable Indigenous children can have at the very least, an equal opportunity to thrive.
The heart of Jilya is the Dr Tracy Westerman Indigenous Psychology Scholarship Program. Founded as a response to the voices of bereaved Indigenous parents and communities who were crying out for help and not able to access it. To date, the program is supporting and mentoring 15 Indigenous psychology students.
The concert will also announce the 2021 recipients! We know their stories will inspire you all.
The concert brings people together on this issue. Black, white, all Australians together for these are Australias children. We can show that these lives matter, and they matter to all Australians equally. Every dollar raised ensures our most in need communities will have services commensurate with need.
Please join Dr Tracy Westerman AM, The Jilya Board along with The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of WA at Winthrop Hall, UWA for a night of hope, optimism and a celebration of Indigenous talent and excellence.
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