An inquest into suspected suicides by four Aboriginal teenagers in the Northern Territory has concluded that counselling and depression were to blame for the behaviour.

The inquest into the deaths of three males in November last year, and two males in December, started on Tuesday in Darwin.

The teenagers were aged between 15 and 17 years.

The Northern Territory Coroner, Jennifer Coate, has decided to establish what was responsible for their deaths.

Her review will determine whether counselling was to blame and whether depression was the contributing factor.

It is the fourth coroner to determine if mental health issues played a role in the deaths.

The teenagers’ bodies were found on their beds in four rooms inside a Randwick South estate in Darwin’s northern suburbs.

One of the deaths was ruled a suicide. The deaths of the other two deaths are still under investigation.

Topics: courts-and-trials, aboriginal, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, doctors-and-medical-professionals, darwin-0800, nt

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