Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide in context

Arch Suicide Res. 2006;10(2):141-57. doi: 10.1080/13811110600556889.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide has been an issue of national public health and mental health concern for only one decade, having increased dramatically from levels that were very low in the late 1980s to levels of young adult male suicide that are now substantially higher than for the non-indigenous population. In this review the authors socially and historically contextualize these changes, identifying the causal frameworks adopted in developing interventions, and present an explanation in narrative and pictorial form that draws on critical family-centered trauma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Death*
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology
  • Australia
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior / ethnology
  • Health Services, Indigenous / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Narration
  • Oceanic Ancestry Group*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Suicide / ethnology*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data