Using Employment to Provide a Sense of Meaning and Purpose as a way of Reducing Aboriginal Suicide

People need love, a sense of purpose, and something to look forward to. Unfortunately for many remote Indigenous people, their relationships are frequently fraught with violence, they don’t have jobs, and life has taught them not to hope for much or dream of a better future. (Sara Hudson, 2016) Introduction Aboriginal suicide impacts not only Aboriginal Australians, but all Australians. It is a topic I have written on before, but upon seeing this video, I have been motivated to write again. While suicide rates are elevated for all ages for Aboriginal Australians(around twice the rate for non-Aboriginal Australians), the problem is particularly pronounced for 15–24 year olds who are nearly fo

The Cost of Identity Politics

We hear a lot about identity politics these days. Maybe there’s power in numbers or maybe it’s a case of misery loving company, but people seem to be hellbent on being members of one group or another. Or if one doesn’t qualify to be part of a group, one can at least be part of the cheer squad for a group and derive a vicarious sense of accomplishment and self-worth by being a cheerleader. Belonging to a group has its advantages: it can enable people with a common cause to develop strategies that best meet their goals and needs that they could not do as individuals. When the motives of group members are about the common good, they can achieve much. However, when motives are questionable, such

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