Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and suicide
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have the oldest surviving culture in the world. Individuals and communities have shown resilience in many hardships and grief since colonisation from the loss of land, children, culture, community, identity and pride. Trauma from these losses has been passed down from one generation to the next and can be compounded by new experiences of racism and hardship.
These experiences can contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experiences of depression, anxiety and other problems, including attempted suicide and death by suicide.
The strength that individuals and communities have shown in being able to keep going in the face of hardship is something that can be drawn on for healing after you or someone close to you has attempted suicide.