Clusters of Suicide … The Need for a Comprehensive Postvention Response to Sorrow in Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory

This discussion paper acknowledges the dearth of information relating to bereavement support training and models of
postvention suitable for those supporting bereaved Indigenous families and communities in Australia. It suggests that if we are to encourage help-seeking in Indigenous people we should also provide adequate training, resources and debriefing to people who provide the support. Therefore it outlines some issues and models developed to address the gaps in training and to identify the needs of Indigenous people experiencing bereavement, traumatic grief and loss. It is a small beginning in a healing response to the great sorrow of Indigenous people in Australia, recently acknowledged by our Federal Government.