Australia’s Lost Generation

July 27th, 2012

Australian aboriginal youth suicide rates are among the highest in the world, so how can communities save their youths?

Watch this video, 25.38 min, published on Al Jazeera, July 20, 2012:

  • Many new programmes are trying to stem the tide. Community rangers in the Kimberley are now being trained in suicide intervention as part of a rapid response team.
  • The Balunu Foundation uses cultural traditions to help build the self-esteem of at-risk youths – by organising camps where aboriginal youths can reconnect back to their land and culture.
  • In the east Arnhem-land community of Ski Beach in the country’s north an unfunded group of elderly women run a suicide night watch to prevent at-risk youths from harming themselves.
  • Dr Pat Dudgeon, Australia’s leading aboriginal mental health practitioner, is from the Kimberley region herself and she is starting Australia’s first National Suicide Prevention Strategy that targets aboriginals specifically …

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