We need to move beyond the medical model to address Indigenous suicide

Despite efforts to prevent suicide among Indigenous Australians, especially the young, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide rate is at least twice as high as – and in some instances, such as at Mowanjum near Derby, 100 times the national rate.

We have an array of prevention agencies, lifeline programs and public mantras about “being in life”. So why don’t they seem to work in rural and remote communities?The obvious – but always avoided – response is that we don’t know why people, particularly young people, take their lives.

We can’t get to the soul of the suicide. And prevention is a somewhat pretentious term: suicide isn’t measles or smallpox and there are neither overt symptoms nor vaccinations to hand.

See more at: http://theconversation.com/we-need-to-move-beyond-the-medical-model-to-address-indigenous-suicide-44652

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