“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 rate for young Indigenous men highest in world

The rate of suicide among young Indigenous men is the highest in the world, according to a new report highlighting the challenges facing young Australians. The first ever Australian Youth Development Index (YDI) was compiled as part of International Youth Day. The index helps formulate youth development policy in the domains of education, health and wellbeing, employment as well as political and civic participation, measured across 16 key indicators. It …

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Suicide Prevention for Tradies: Jeremy Forbes

Suicide Prevention: We are pleased to announce Mr Jeremy Forbes a s a Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change to be held at Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, from the 11 -12 August 2016. Jeremy Forbes will be presenting on ‘Suicide Prevention for Tradies in Regional and Rural Victoria and Southern NSW’ in the Self harm suicide and survival stream. HALT …

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Suicide prevention for Indigenous Australians

Suicide prevention: A coalition of Indigenous organisations have joined together to call for a royal commission into the devastating rates of Indigenous suicide across Australia. Figures released last month in the Medical Journal of Australia estimate that 5.2 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will take their own life as reported by Bridgette Brennan. Dameyon Bonson, an Aboriginal mental health advocate among those calling for the commission, …

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West Australians less likely to access crisis support, despite high suicide rates, Lifeline says

West Australians are almost half as likely to access Lifeline’s crisis support services as other Australians, despite having one of the highest suicide rates in the country as reported by Nicolas Perpitch. According to call data released by Lifeline, more than 55,266 local calls were made to its crisis line in the past financial year. Chief executive Lorna MacGregor said that was the equivalent of 2 per cent of West …

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Depression – rethinking emotional blunting

Two hallmarks of depression that go hand in hand are isolation and withdrawal. While saying things like they want to die, feel completely alone, or have nobody who cares about them are obvious indications of a troubled mental state. General feelings of being helpless or trapped may mean a person withdraws from others and distance themselves from social interaction. Many people with depression are good at masking their feelings of …

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Every Three Hours Someone In Australia Dies By Suicide

The story that emerges is that things have become worse in terms of Australians dying by suicide — which is already the leading cause of death for those between 15 and 44. And that there are thousands of families, friends and work colleagues who at some moment received that horrifying text message or Facebook status post that someone who they love has died by suicide. Many ask themselves in that …

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Key to stopping suicide lies with the community

Suicide in Australia is at its critical point. With suicide deaths now more than twice the national road toll, and with the overwhelming majority of people who die by suicide in Australia men, we must take a stronger stance and a proactive approach to its prevention. The latest alarming figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show 2864 people died from suicide in 2014, up from 2335 in the previous …

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