In the News: Suicide Rates Among Aboriginal Youth

Disconnection from land and culture are key reasons for high rates of suicide among aboriginal youth.

Two Faculty of Education researchers, Sharon Thira and Rod McCormick, were recently featured in The Vancouver Sun. Both are researchers with Kloshe Tillicum – The Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research for BC and the Yukon, in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education.

Read an exerpt from the December 19, 2012 article by Sharon Thira and Rod McCormick:

It’s hard to know what to do in the face of suicide, especially when it’s a young person. But a suicide pact? With 30 kids? What can you do about that?

The truth is, we know a lot about suicide and indigenous youth. We know that people become suicidal when the pain of life overwhelms them. We know that in the case of indigenous youth, that pain stems from a long history of colonialism and its impacts: the lack of cultural continuity, of opportunity, of a stable home life, of hope for the future. But we also know how to support indigenous youth and reduce the risk of suicide.

Read the full article here.