Mental illness is second only to heart disease as one of the main reasons for the health gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians and the suicide rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is over twice that of other Australians.
The National Mental Health Commission also found that:
– Up to 12% of the ten-year life expectancy gap with non-Indigenous Australians has been attributed to mental health conditions; 4% to suicide; and 6% to alcohol and substance abuse
– Poor mental health contributes to suicide risk and high rates of smoking, alcohol and substance abuse and obesity that in turn progresses chronic disease: which is documented as the biggest killer of Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander peoples
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https://www.aftercare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/logo_crisp.png00aftercarehttps://www.aftercare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/logo_crisp.pngaftercare2013-03-21 18:53:362015-09-09 19:05:17‘Closing the Gap’