UKI BURCHILL’S MISSION
YOUNG local Uki Burchill is enlisting help from around the shire for her grant application for suicide prevention programs, aimed particularly at young people.
“Over recent years we have lost many young people to suicide,” Ms Burchill said, “and I have also had some very down times when suicide went through my mind.”
She believes pressure on young people that leads to suicide is due to many factors, often from the desire “to fit in”.
“It can also be family problems, school or not having a job,” she said.
After working in a remote community in Western Australia and gaining a qualification in Suicide Prevention, Ms Burchill developed her own program, Stand Strong, which she hopes to introduce to here.
“We don’t want to lose more people to suicide and this program will help not only Bama but hopefully the community in general,” she said.
Some of the strategies of the program include training other young people in Suicide Prevention and facilitating cultural camps on country where young indigenous and elders can connect with their culture.
Ms Burchill is seeking letters of support for the grant of $10,000 through the Community Led Grant program of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
“I have already received support letters from the Douglas Shire Council and First Nations Peoples, but I would like more, from individuals and organisations,” Ms Burchill said.
Ms Burchill can be contacted via her Facebook page, Uki Burchill.
We don’t want to lose more people to suicide and this program will help not only Bama but hopefully the community in general
Uki Burchill: seeking support for a good cause