Help to heal after a loved one takes their own life
DEIRDRE Currie has harnessed her own grief to aid her community.
Ms Currie's daughter Alinta took her own life a few days before she turned 21, leaving behind her little boy Levi, now 3.
The overwhelming community support Ms Currie received after her daughter's death encouraged her to soldier on, despite the loss.
So she joined with health and wellbeing organisation Spirit Dreaming to help others deal with their own traumatic experiences.
A DVD titled Learning from Alinta and a website learningfromalinta.com.au were created, with the launch held last Friday at Tweed Heads Civic Centre.
"I'm hoping that it helps people help themselves in their grief and their trauma," Ms Currie said.
"I want to help them express themselves, however that may be, but maybe not by keeping strong and smiling and suppressing their feelings and emotions."
Ms Currie was thankful for the ongoing support of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the wider public.
"I had lots of people in my community that helped me through the whole thing and her funeral and today," Ms Currie said.
"I don't know how I'd do it without the big fella and my daughter, but I just talk openly about it because otherwise I don't think I could heal."
Spirit Dreaming's director Mel Brown was hopeful Alinta's story would help people deal with grief.
"While this is an Aboriginal story, the educational value of this story is one of positive community responses to a tragic event, and can be used across any community," she said.
Beyond Blue CEO Kate Carnell said research showed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults were almost three times more likely to experience high or very high psychological distress.
"We hope supporting the Learning for Alinta education resources will encourage people to take action for support and healing if they need it."
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 or beyondblue.org.au
Lifeline: 13 11 44
SANE Australia Helpline: 1800 18 7263 or sane.org
Kids' Helpline: 1800 55 1800