Aboriginal Youth Suicide is a growing concern not only within Aboriginal communities, but the greater regions of WA. The inquiry was based on what more can be done to halt the worrying number of suicides among Aboriginal youth in Western Australia, particularly in remote communities, and to determine what resources have been set aside to tackle this crucial issue facing the State.

ACL was grateful for the opportunity to submit an inquiry into Aboriginal Youth Suicide to the Education and Health Standing Committee of the West Australian Parliament. The inquiry was based on what more can be done to halt the worrying number of suicides among Aboriginal youth in Western Australia, particularly in remote communities, and to determine what resources have been set aside to tackle this crucial issue facing the State.

This issue is a growing concern not only within Aboriginal communities, but the greater regions of WA. From a Christian perspective, we have a duty to protect life, and we know the heart of God breaks when life is taken by the will of Man. We need to change culture’s understanding and appreciation of the gift of life. What is the Imago Dei? What does it mean to be men and women created in the image of God, living in a fallen world? This is the basis of anthropology, until we understand this, we can’t formulate good policy. ACL’s recommendations were centred on a theme – purpose. When an individual feels that they have a purpose, or can contribute to their community, their life is valued. As Christians, we know our purpose comes from our Creator, we are fearfully and wonderfully made, in the image of God. This is our hope.

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