First Nations People Community Survey

This survey has closed. We look forward to sharing results soon.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the Sunshine Coast participated in our community survey to help reduce suicide and improve wellbeing among First Nations people.

The Alliance for Suicide Prevention – Sunshine Coast and its First Nations Advisory Group worked together to co-design the culturally-safe survey about barriers to help-seeking, experiences of suicide, and connections to culture on the Sunshine Coast.

We’re analysing the confidential survey feedback and look forward to sharing results with the community soon.


About the survey (closed 2 August 2020)

HREC: A201372

Study aims

We hope to understand more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connections to culture, knowledge and experience of suicide, thoughts about mental health help-seeking, and access to general practice mental health care on the Sunshine Coast.

First Nations Advisory Group

To ensure this research directly benefits and meets the needs of the local community, the Alliance – First Nations Advisory Group co-designed this culturally-safe survey. The First Nations Advisory Group – who are traditional owners of the lands, Elders, people with lived experience of suicide, and community controlled organisations – provided a high level of input into the survey’s development. They will also review the survey results and provide input into how those results guide actions to reduce suicide and improve wellbeing among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the Sunshine Coast.

Participant eligibility

People who were eligible to take part in the study:

  • Aged 18 years of older
  • Identify as First Nations Australian (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander)
  • Sunshine Coast resident
What the survey involved
  • Participants were asked questions about their knowledge and experiences of suicide, attitudes to seeking help, access to mental health help and your connection to culture.
  • Participation was anonymous and voluntary
Key outcomes

This study will help us tailor Indigenous-specific mental health and suicide awareness campaigns and interventions to meet the needs of community.
The outcomes will be the first community assessment of First Nations people’s attitudes and barriers to mental health help seeking, experiences of suicide and cultural connections in the Sunshine Coast.
The knowledge gained will inform the development and rollout of a culturally specific suicide prevention awareness campaign tailored for First Nations peoples on the sunshine Coast in the second half of 2020. This will also enable us to monitor any changes (improvements) in attitudes about mental health help seeking in this population after the intervention.
The outcomes of the study will be presented back to the First Nations Advisory Group, the research participants and other stakeholders and community members at the completion of the study.

Prize draw

Participants who finished the survey could go into the draw to win one of six $50 gift cards. This prize will be drawn and winners notified soon.


For more information contact:

Tegan Schefe | Indigenous Engagement Officer and co-chief investigator
Gabrielle Simcock | Co-chief investigator