Renewed calls for Royal Commission into Indigenous suicide

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A new report has found suicide rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Kimberley region of Western Australia to be among the highest in the world. Collective trauma and ongoing socio-economic deprivation are noted as drivers of escalating self-harm and suicide rates in the region. The findings have put pressure on the Federal Government to instigate a Royal Commission into Indigenous suicide in remote areas, and to fund research to develop tailor-made responses to this ongoing crisis.

* If you need support and information about suicide prevention you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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