No data exists on suicide among gay and trans Indigenous Australians

No data exists on suicide among gay and trans Indigenous Australians. Lack of inclusion in decision making is holding back treatment, conference in Alice Springs to be told

No data exists on the rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI people but the elevated risk is obvious and a lack of inclusion in decision making is holding back treatment, a conference will hear on Thursday.

This week more than 370 delegates will gather in Alice Springs for an inaugural conference on how to address the shockingly high rates of suicide among Indigenous Australians.

The conference will hear from a number of high-profile Indigenous campaigners and frontline workers to discuss how to lower the rates, which are far greater than for non-Indigenous Australians.

Nationally suicide rates are 11 deaths for every 100,000 people but that more than doubles for Indigenous people. When the data is broken down further it becomes even more concerning – Indigenous young people aged 25 to 29 take their own lives at a rate of is 91 in every 100,000 people. It is the leading cause of death for children under 14, and particular areas have seen tragic spikes in deaths.

via Guardian

 

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