What’s behind high Aboriginal youth suicide rates?
Pat Dudgeon explains why suicide rates among young Aboriginals are so high and what can be done to stem the tide.
Young Aboriginal Australians are four times more likely to commit suicide than non-indigenous Australians and in one remote community in the country’s Kimberley region, the Aboriginal suicide rate is estimated to be seven times the national average.
Experts and Aboriginal elders believe this can be attributed in part to a feeling of disconnection from the land and traditional culture and that the solution rests in restoring that, rather than solely in combatting drug and alcohol abuse.
Professor Pat Dudgeon…
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