The National Indigenous Critical Response Service has been funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to:
1. Provide a critical response to support individuals, families and communities affected by suicide-related or other trauma that is culturally responsive to their needs
2. Strengthen community capacity and resilience in communities where there have been high levels of suicide to better recognise and respond to critical incidents and strengthen service system coordination.
Upon notification of a loss of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person to suicide or other traumatic incident, the National Indigenous Critical Response Service will assess whether there is a need for provision of immediate support to affected families, either directly or indirectly.
The NICRS does not seek to replace the valued work of local services on the ground, but rather seeks to work with local service providers in assessing the need for involvement and to compliment the local responses where required.
For more information please see the website: https://thirrili.com.au/nicrs/
To contact a Critical Response Support Advocate call 1800 805 801
The 1800 805 801 number is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Generally, the phone is answered by one of our Aboriginal Support Advocates. If for some reason the call is diverted to an answering machine, we ask callers to leave their best contact number, and the Support Advocate will call them back as soon as possible.