Aboriginal footy star, 17, committed suicide after & # 39; alcohol put him in a bad state of mind & # 39; while his family was away for the weekend – while his grieving father says that death has ruined his life & # 39;
- Anthony Drew, 17, was with the Red Center Pioneer Footy Club in Alice Springs
- He was just 12 years old and went to study at a university in Sydney
- When his family left to visit relatives in January 2019, Anthony took his own life
An emerging Aboriginal football player took his own life after alcohol put him in a & # 39; poor state of mind & # 39; his father has revealed.
Anthony Drew, 17, from Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, was a popular teenager who played for the Red Center Pioneer Football Club.
He was just 12 years old and won a place to study business at a university in Sydney with the aspirations to eventually run his own business.
But in January 2019, Anthony committed suicide without warning after his family went to Melbourne at the weekend.
Anthony Drew, 17, from Alice Springs, in and played for the Red Center Pioneer Football Club. He was just 12 years old and won a place to study business at a university in Sydney with the aspirations to run his own business
Greg Drew said he did not suspect that his son would ever take his own life or that he would leave without saying goodbye.
& # 39; I feel like it ruined my life. It has turned my whole world upside down. It just changed everything, & said Mr. Drew The Australian.
Mr. Drew said that Anthony was a happy child who loved music and sports and spent a lot of time with his younger brothers and sisters who looked up to him.
& # 39; That's what makes it so hard, because there were just no signs. The (suicide) was the last thing that occurred to me because he was always so happy. & # 39;
So far, 78 indigenous people have taken their own lives this year, including 20 children.
Anthony was the fourth player in his rugby team who could lead his own life in less than three years.
The Northern Territory has the highest suicide rates in the country and disproportionately affects Aboriginals.
& # 39; I feel it has ruined my life & # 39 ;; Greg Drew said he did not suspect that his son would ever take his own life or that he would leave without saying goodbye.
Mr. Drew said that the night he died, Anthony was under the influence of alcohol and believes it puts him in a negative state of mind.
& # 39; I know he called his brothers or sisters or I to say goodbye because he was a very caring child … I just think he was in a bad place and unfortunately we will have to live and regret it, that's the hardest, hardest. & # 39;
Pioneer FC Owen Cole president said Anthony & # 39; s death had traumatized the local community.
According to Australian native health, suicide is much more common among native Australians.
It is estimated that alcohol is associated with 40 percent of male and 30 percent of female suicides in the native Australian population.
A GoFundMe This page was set up to support the Anthony Drew family and raised over $ 13,000.
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