Why current measures are failing to prevent Indigenous youth suicides

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs recently shared that the Federal Government has allocated $134 million of funding into Indigenous suicide prevention.

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If you look at the current suicide statistics, this crudely translates to $248,000 per suicide death annually — without adding state funding into the mix.

We have enormous amounts of funding injected into this critical area; yet, suicides continue to escalate.

Our Indigenous youth are dying by suicide at eight times the rate of non-Indigenous children and it is only