Year: 1991 Source: The Medical Journal of Austrlia, v.154, no.10, (May 20, 1991), p.683-685 SIEC No: 19910915

There was a major increase in suicide by Aboriginal people, both urban & rural, during 1981-1988, not marked by a similar increase for non-Aboriginal South Australians. A comparison can be drawn with reports of suicide by American Indians. It is possible that Aboriginal deaths by suicide can be ascribed to “anomie”, i.e., social disintegration affecting peoples under colonisation. This paper highlights the need for the development of successful intervention programmes in Aboriginal health.