Indigenous Suicide Crisis In Australia

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Did you know that 95% of Indigenous Australians have been impacted by suicide in some capacity?

Indigenous youth suicide in the Kimberley region alone is now claimed to be the highest in the world. There is an attempted Indigenous suicide every week in this region, resulting in a rate of suicide 100 times the national average.

Why Is This Happening?

It can be difficult to overcome the bleak everyday realities of living in remote Indigenous communities, such as

  • 1 Unemployment
  • 2Overcrowding
  • 3 Poverty
  • 4Social marginalization
  • 5 Violence
  • 6Alcoholism and drug addiction

According to the Elders' Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-Harm and Youth Suicide (2014), a loss of cultural identity and cross-cultural confusion is a major factor underlying Indigenous youth suicide.

What Are The Statistics?

Put in a national context, Indigenous suicide has increased from 5% of total Australian suicide in 1991, to 50% in 2010.

The most drastic increase occurred among young people 10-24 years old, where Indigenous youth suicide rose from 10% in 1991 to 80% in 2010.

Indigenous youth suicide

Indigenous youth suicide was
80%
of total Australian suicide
in 2010, compared with just
10%
back in 1991

The Australian Government's own report into Youth suicide in the NT, titled "Gone Too Soon", published in 2012 states: "The suicide rate for Indigenous Territorians is particularly disturbing, with 75% of suicides of children from 2007 to 2011 in the Territory being Indigenous.

OUR VISION

Chariots of Fire Ministries is on a mission in 2016 to prevent Indigenous suicide in remote Indigenous communities across Australia. We will be flying across the continent to more than 50 remote Indigenous communities; bringing the hope, light and truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, via Christian TV and radio.

We Aim to Prevent Suicide In Remote Indigenous Communities. This Is How:

Christian TV and Radio

Christian TV and radio is an effective way to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people living in remote Indigenous communities as they have limited access to church services, guest ministers and biblical teachings.

The visual and audible nature of Christian TV and radio breaks down the barriers of social and geographical isolation and also illiteracy, which are prevalent obstacles in remote Indigenous communities.

Sharing The Love of Jesus

We will be supported by a ministry team travelling on the ground and available to share the love of Jesus and pray with our Indigenous brothers and sisters throughout the course of the mission. These faithful volunteers have a specific call to serve our mission to prevent suicide in remote Indigenous communities.

Focus On The Kimberley

We have a concentrated focus on the Kimberley region, where the suicide rates are exceptionally high. We aim to install as many satellite dishes in the Kimberley region as possible.

Building Supportive Communities

Long-term relationships with schools, churches and organizations in remote Indigenous communities are important to us. We aim to develop and nurture our relationships with our Indigenous brothers and sisters in each remote Indigenous community that we visit.

PARTNER WITH US

Will you partner with us?

2 Corinthians 9:7

"For God loves a cheerful giver."

To prevent suicide in Indigenous communities across Australia we need your generous support. Partner with us to connect our Indigenous brothers and sisters to the hope, love and light of the gospel of Jesus Christ through Christian TV and radio.

Our Financial target is $200,000 which will cover

Travel to more than 50 remote

Indigenous communities across Australia.

Installation of Christian TV

and radio to as many homes, schools and communities centers in these communities as possible.

Many remote Indigenous communities

are not accessible by domestic aircraft; hence our financial target covers the cost of hiring 2 small planes and the necessary aviation fuel, servicing and maintenance required to carry out the mission across Australia.

Our team consists of faithful volunteers

and sponsors who have dedicated their time, efforts and resources to support Saving Australian Lives. Your generous support will help to sustain our team with basic food and accommodation for the duration of the mission.

All donation over $2.00 are tax-deducation in Australia.

WHO WE ARE

Chariots of Fire Ministries

Founded by licensed pilots Wayne Anderson and Brian Sonneman in 2011, Chariots of Fire Ministries is committed to travel to remote Indigenous communities to install Christian TV and radio via satellite so that as many people as possible can have access to the gospel of Jesus Christ

Saving Australian Lives

Saving Australian Lives is an initiative of Chariots of Fire Ministries in partnership with Instal-life Christian TV, Vision Christian Radio and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).