“Everything I Wanted is Gone”: John Brogden’s Journey Through the Darkness

John Brogden spent his life working to become Premier of NSW – until a colossal fall from grace and a very public suicide attempt changed his life and priorities forever. Ahead of a visit to Adelaide, he talks to InDaily about his recovery, and his zeal to change public discourse around mental illness. “From as early as I can remember, I only ever wanted to do one thing, and that …

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Facebook should hide suicide live stream videos, mental health advocates say

Facebook’s policy to allow the live broadcast of self-harm on its platform has attracted concern among mental health advocates. The power to go live and unfiltered to the internet from a phone has opened up enormous possibilities to transform the way we communicate. But it has created a wave of ethical questions that the world’s biggest social network, Facebook, is being forced to navigate very publicly. Residents have live streamed …

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Tasmania’s youth suicide rate highest in the country.

Tasmania’s youth suicide rate has become the highest in the country, with youth workers blaming improperly targeted services and poor social indicators. Key points: Australian Youth Development Index shows Tasmanian statistics worsening Youth suicide rate 45 per 100,000 population each year Lack of targeted rural services a big problem say advocates The Australian Youth Development Index examined the lives of young Australians, in particular their education, employment and mental health, …

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Suicide risk guidelines maybe misleading, study finds

The tool used by psychiatrists to determine which patients are in immediate danger of suicide is ineffective and meaningless, according to an analysis of studies spanning half a century. University of NSW Professor Matthew Large and University of Sydney Associate Professor Chris Ryan have called for risk assessment guidelines to be thrown out as a means by which to allocate resources to mental health patients as reported by the SMH. …

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Occupational suicide – the dark side to Australia’s workforce

Australia’s workforce is in the throes of a dark and deadly suicide scourge, prompting employers to take urgent steps to address their workplace mental health. In the wake of another suicide in the Victorian Police force, employers need to wake up and see that issues such as bullying, harassment and workplace stress are taking an often deadly toll on their employees. HR professionals need to do more to spot the …

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One in three who attempt suicide receive no follow up support

The Canberra Times, 3 September 2015. One in three Australians arriving at hospital after attempting suicide is receiving no mental health follow-up care, with many having their behaviour dismissed by hospital staff as attention seeking, according to a national research report released on Thursday. The study by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention and the Black Dog Institute shows 60,000 Australians attempting suicide every year, with 2500 dying …

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‘ He never spoke of suicide ’: Brother says boys need to talk about mental health

Originally published by News.com.au on 8 May 2015 Nic Newling was the youngest of three brothers. Ben was into sailing, Christopher captained the rugby team and Nic was the theatre geek, the emotional one. All three battled mental health problems as they grew up. Many people thought Nic had the worst problems. He spent a lot of time on Sydney psychiatric wards, talked about his suicidal thoughts and struggled to comprehend …

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Allen Sparks, CV VA to present a Keynote at the 16th International Mental Health Conference

beyondblue Ambassador and Suicide Prevention Advocate, Allen Sparks, CV VA to present a Keynote at the 16th International Mental Health Conference (IMHC) being held at QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015. The Conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand. The Conference theme is Mental Health Future For All with topics across the broad …

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NT govt launches suicide prevention plan

Article published in The Australia 10 April 2015 About 40 people take their own lives each year in the Northern Territory, with deaths on the increase among young and indigenous people. Although overall suicides have decreased over the past eight years, the territory still has Australia’s highest suicide rates among indigenous people and the young. The territory government is spending an extra $3 million a year to improve mental health …

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Reach Out and Get Connected

Congratulations to Suicide Prevention Australia on the release of their thought provoking TV commercial entitled “Reach Out and Get Connected”. The project is about promoting the importance of reaching and connecting to service and support in the lead up to World Suicide Prevention Day (10 Sept). Directed, Produced and Created by Ingvar Kenne & Jason Loucas, featuring personalities Jessica Rowe, Steve Waugh, Jesinta Campbell, Justine Clarke, Luke Carroll, Steve Willis, …

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