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The National Mental Health Commission has released a supplementary paper to the 2012 report, A contributing life: the 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention. The paper describes the wider story of impacts and influences on the social and emotional health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples and coincides with a call by Commission Chair Professor Allan Fels to include mental health and wellbeing as an additional target in the Closing the gap program.
The paper is also a story of resilience. Despite the tolls of significantly poorer health, appalling rates of poverty and high rates of suicide, a 2008 survey of 7,800 Indigenous adults showed that 72 per cent reported being happy for all or most of the time in the four weeks before the survey.
Connection to culture features strongly in the paper as a source of survival and wellbeing.
Source: NACCHO communiqué
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