But Beyondblue's CEO Kate Carnell believes the national strategy is a start.
"This is a significant step towards reducing the awful pain and suffering caused by suicide in these communities."
"Rates of depression and anxiety among Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander communities are difficult to measure but we know from some State-level data that they may be higher than for non-Indigenous Australians."
"The strategy will build on Beyondblue's
work in this field, which has a strong focus on building hope, resilience and awareness to promote positive social and emotional wellbeing in Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander communities," said Ms Carnell