Black Dog Institute
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons between 15 – 34 years of age – over three times that of non-Indigenous Australians.
Costs, accessibility to health services, remote locations and mistrust of services are all barriers that can prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from seeking help for their mental health.
Since 2018, we’ve partnered with Black Dog Institute to help develop iBobbly, the world’s first suicide prevention app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia.
The funding enabled Black Dog Institute to develop and pilot the app and now we’ve extended the funding to ensure the delivery of the app to over 800 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by December 2020.
Unlike most online programs, the mobile app has been designed by, and for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples using metaphors, images, videos and stories drawn from local Aboriginal artists and performers to ensure the program is relevant for those wishing to seek help.
By providing a free, easily accessible app to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth struggling with mental health issues in their relevant language and culture, encourages help-seeking behaviors and helps build the skills to manage psychological distress and low mood.
The long-term vision is that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth will have access to the health app, with the app ultimately functioning to build mental fitness and connect users to local culturally appropriate support services.