Social And Cultural Factors That Are Associated With Mental Illness

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Many Australian people experience mental illness; however, according to the ABS (2013), Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three times more likely to develop mental illness than the non-indigenous population. Mental illness among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generation survivors is even greater (Dudgeon, Walker, Scrine, Shepherd, Calma, & Ring, 2014). Suicide rates within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are also twice as high, more so in remote areas, compared to the non-Indigenous Australians (The Department of Health, 2013). In this essay, I will firstly identify the social and cultural factors that are associated with mental illness and suicide among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; I will then discuss in detail the underlying issues that contribute to the development of mental illness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; I will follow by recognising the Australians Governments response in relation to addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental illness and lastly, I will conclude by drawing upon one evidence-based strategy to address these mental health issues among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
There are a number of significant factors that contribute and influence mental illness among the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Racial discrimination, cultural destruction, social exclusion, stigma, traumatic childhood…

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