Self-determination and strengths-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention: an emerging evidence-based approach

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Abstract

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (hereon respectfully referred
to as Indigenous Australians) are custodians of one of the oldest harmonious,
culturally diverse and environmentally sustainable democratic societies.
Their society was a highly ordered and unified democracy that spans a
land mass twice the size of Europe. Indigenous Australians possessed
complex, all-encompassing knowledge systems which have been appropriated
and suppressed since the British Empire invaded in 1788. Since then, generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been
subjected to human rights abuses from genocide to assimilation. The
significant health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
is widely recognised to be symptomatic of these lengthy and ongoing
traumatic impacts which have also resulted in high Indigenous suicide rates.
As a 2018 Senate Inquiry into Australian Rural Mental Health concluded,
Indigenous suicide is related to ‘despair caused by the history of dispossession
combined with the social and economic conditions in which
Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples live’ (2018, p. 128).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlternatives to Suicide
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond risk and toward a life worth living
EditorsAndrew Page, Werner Stritzke
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherAcademic Press
Chapter12
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-814297-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Dudgeon, P., Bray, A., & Walker, R. (2020). Self-determination and strengths-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention: an emerging evidence-based approach. In A. Page, & W. Stritzke (Eds.), Alternatives to Suicide: Beyond risk and toward a life worth living USA: Academic Press.