Critical Response Service

National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS)

The incidence of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is more than double the rate of other Australians.

In the five years from 2012 to 2016, the proportion of suicide deaths for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (5.5%) was over three times greater than for non-Indigenous Australians (1.7%).

To assist families and communities affected by suicide and other trauma, the Australian Government has established a National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS), funded under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. The value of the program over three years is
$10 million.

Healthcare Management Advisors (HMA) was honoured to have been initially appointed by the Minister to auspice the service, until the new Aboriginal led organisation, Thirrili Ltd, was established. HMA continues to assist Thirrili Ltd by providing administrative and project support to the NICRS.

The NICRS was launched by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, the Hon. Nigel Scullion, MP, on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria on Monday, 23 January 2017.

Click here to access the National Indigenous Critical Response Service website.

Support for families affected by a suicide or other traumatic incident can be accessed 24/7

by calling 1800 805 801.

Generally, the phone is answered by one of our Aboriginal Support Advocates. If for some reason the call is diverted to message bank, we ask callers to leave their best contact number, and the Support Advocate will call them back as soon as possible.

If you or someone you know is suicidal please call one of the following national helplines:

  • Lifeline Counselling Service: 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (cost of a local call)