‘Shocking’ number of Indigenous teenagers rate happiness at zero

Guardian Australia, Wednesday 7 September 2016

The Indigenous leader Tom Calma says he is “shocked” by a Mission Australia survey that found 10% of young Indigenous men and 5% of young Indigenous women rated their usual mental state as “very sad”, compared with just 1% of non-Indigenous people of the same age.

The national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Report 2016, released on Thursday, asked 1,162 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander teenagers aged 15 to 19 to rate their general happiness out of 10, where zero was “very sad” and five was “not happy”.

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