The World's Indigenous Suicide Crisis - Connecting Our People
Waka Hourua is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand but also as an indigenous solution to suicide prevention, it is also unique globally. This is reinforced by the fact that overseas groups are seeking advice, information and support about strategies to reduce suicide and self harm among indigenous peoples.
The high rates of suicide, attempted suicide, and suicidal ideation among some indigenous and First Nation communities indicated these problems have not only community-wide issues but global similarities. During this quarter, First Nation’s from the United States of America, Canada and Australia made direct contact with Waka Hourua in an expression of seeking international support and solidarity to fight against high rates of self-harm and suicide.
The response from Waka Hourua included:
- Information sharing about Waka Hourua programmes,
- Connecting them with Waka Hourua networks and New Zealand evidence base,
- Staying connected, encouraging indigenous nations worldwide to gather and to validate our cultural norms
- Inviting them to Think Tank strategies and solutions, and
- Connecting at common conferences.