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Connection between family, kinship and social and emotional wellbeing

Pat Dudgeon, Shol Blustein, Abigail Bray, Tom Calma, Rob McPhee and Ian Ring


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are burdened by trauma. Trauma is compounded by family violence and substance misuse, as well as the stress caused by personal, cultural and institutional racism. Healthy, supportive, loving and nurturing connections to family and kinship networks help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to flourish. In turn this leads to cultural continuity, the preservation of traditional culture. Strengthening connections to family should be embedded in any suicide prevention interventions and initiatives, and culturally safe and responsive work.