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Noel Pearson- Narrative/storyingon an Indigenous person's healthjourneyNoel Pearson is an aboriginal activist and respected leader of the community. He belongs toGuugu Yiithirr aboriginal community which is at Hope Vale, a Lutheran mission upon CapeYork Peninsula. He completed his graduation from University of Sydney with a honours degreein History. He made thesis in his honours which were based on history of Hope Vale Lutheranmission from the year 1900 to 1950. He was a co-founder and executive, e director of Cape YorkLand council in 1990. He was also a legal advisor for the Torres Strait islander and aboriginalcommission. He constantly advised various indigenous organisations within Cape York. NoelPearson is a complex, inherently modest, shy and difficult person. He is very demanding frompoliticians, media and his own indigenous group. Further, Noel is very difficult to contact,devastating to debate and impossible to predict. He completely dislikes alcohol and hate itsimpact on his indigenous sisters and brothers, the irresponsible conduct and violence itstimulated along with the inattention of children because unconscious parents cannot nurture orprotect their children properly. Pearson has developed a model for empowering indigenoussociety which aim at fostering entrepreneurship in order to improve productivity of economy. Inaddition, model focuses on improving education and health outcomes. He is a part of indigenousaboriginal community of Australia who suffers from mental health and illness accompanied withdepression.Mental illness and depression is a common problem faced by Indigenous people andit is framed in a big picture which is related to historical events, cultural differences, cultural andsocial changes.The main cause of mental illness and depression in these people is loss of culture,identify and land, overt and covert racism, powerlessness and marginalisation. The AustralianBureau of Statistics stated that Indigenous people are twice likely to experience psychologicaldistress as compared to non-indigenous people.Morris and Pearson (2017)concluded that as aneffect of depression carried by people is extending to the well-being of the families, societies
and communities. Former Prime minister Paul Keating once described Noel, as one of the finestpublic speaker he ever heard. Pearson's ability to articulate a policy, or an argument makes himdifferent from any intellectual crowd. In the late 80's, Pearson joined with various otherindigenous leaders who were fighting for land rights. However, it was the first time Australiasaw the effectiveness and clarity of argument by an Aboriginal lawyer. Pearson had a brash tonealong with the zeal of activism which attracted many listeners. The qualities he developed wasdue to a strict Lutheran upbringing with his four brothers and sisters at Hopevale community onCape York. His father was lay preacher and butcher there. Pearson was proud of his aboriginalheritage and use to speak constantly on his ideal as well as indigent childhood. He faced manyissues related to health especially mental health in his childhood such as child abuse, racism,depression. Poverty, etc. (Watt,2017).He overcome all these issues by his will of doingsomething good for the community or society, so that the upcoming generation do not face strsuch issues or problems in their upbringing and life. His family has faced many issues such aspoverty, loss of land, racism which was very disturbing for Pearson.An Australian government debate on indigenous domestic violence, which wasconducted in the year 2003 and 2004. The council of Australian government signed a Nationalframework on Child protection and Indigenous family violence. Noel Pearson made an argumenton the importance of intervention with regards to a major issue , Ab Aboriginal child sexualabuse. Reported byMasters andUhr (2017)concluded that issues of child abuse within northernterritory aboriginal communities is searching a critical point and he initiated the nationalemergency response. This response included various interventions such as suspension of racialdiscrimination act, deployment of health workers and police, compulsory management ofAboriginal people's income, compulsory acquisition of Aboriginal land and a ban on alcohol.Noel indicated qualified support for all these measures but also received several criticisms for thesame. In the year 2012, the outspoken and charismatic indigenous leader Noel Pearson has fallenquiet for few months due to his undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. Although the cancerwas in remission, Pearson had critical six months according to the latest problem within amagazineThe Monthly. Noel admitted that he had many bad thoughts during these months. Healso said that cancer was very close to defeating him and he was constantly being drugged whichimpacted her vison ability. . Pearson was almost near to death as he told to many reporters and
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