WA’s Kimberley region is battling with the scourge of alcohol abuse, and that includes among pregnant women.
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a major problem in the area and has been linked to mental health problems and youth suicide.
A coronial inquest into 13 suicides among Aboriginal youth has revealed that foetal alcohol spectrum disorder has contributed to the suicides.
Of the 13 suicides, five were children between the ages of 10 and 13.
All of the young people were exposed to trauma and physical abuse, but there were also links between the behavioural and developmental problems demonstrated in the community and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, caused by mothers drinking during pregnancy.
FASD also caused facial and physical abnormalities.