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The Select Committee on Youth Suicides in the NT has tabled its report Gone too soon: a report into youth suicide in the Northern Territory.
The report finds that young people in the Northern Territory are three and a half times more likely to commit suicide than young people nationally. It also finds that Indigenous deaths account for 75% of all child suicides in the Northern Territory between 2007 and 2011.
'Clearly things need to change if we are to stop losing our young people at their own hands at such a high rate,' said committee chair, Marion Scrymgour.
The report identifies four areas of further action and makes 23 recommendations, including that:
The federal government has backed the recommendations made in the report. Speaking to journalists in Darwin, Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said 'We will make sure that we make a considered response and also make sure that the additional services that we put in place correspond to the recommendations in the report.'
Source: Select Committee on Youth Suicides in the Northern Territory; Sydney morning herald