Back in 2015, the Socialist Standard drew attention to the high suicide rates for indigenous peoples. An article in the current Lancet medical shows very little has improved.
In January, 2019, seven Aboriginal children died by suicide in Australia. By March, at least 24 young Aboriginal people were reported to have taken their lives, including three children younger than 12 years. Globally, racism, poverty, unemployment, and disenfranchisement substantially affect the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous young people.Across Australian states and territories, the proportion of Aboriginal young people who reported high-to-very-high psychological distress was greatest in Western Australia (44%, or 7400 people).