Assessing Australia’s Progress in Suicide Prevention

The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association commends the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention for providing a discussion forum in response to the World Health Organization’s Report Preventing suicide: A global imperative. Join news and current affairs journalist Mike Munro and a panel of experts as they discuss Australia’s response to the first ever World Health Organization (WHO) World Suicide Report. As we know, suicide impacts many of us. …

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WHO report maps global suicide problem for the first time

By Reema Rattan, The Conversation; Emil Jeyaratnam, The Conversation, and Warren Clark, The Conversation One person takes their own life every 40 seconds, equating to 803,900 deaths across the world every year, according to the first World Health Organization report on suicide prevention released today. “Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative” calls for co-ordinated action to reduce suicide worldwide. Diego De Leo, director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and …

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Charlotte Dawson’s death puts cyberbullying back in spotlight

By ABC News The death of Charlotte Dawson has Australia reflecting on depression and the increasing incidence of cyberbullying via social media websites. Dawson, a prominent campaigner against cyberbullying, was found dead in her Sydney apartment on Saturday. She revealed in her autobiography, Air Kiss & Tell, that she was frequently visited by the “depression bogeyman”. The former model was hospitalised after an attempted suicide in 2012 when she received …

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Suicide bid after hospital snub

SOURCE:  Tony Moore  (brisbanetimes.com.au senior reporter) Feb 6th 2014 More than 600 complaints were made about mental health services in Queensland between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2012. A girl taken to a regional Queensland hospital after telling her father she wanted to commit suicide later tried to kill herself after hospital staff told the pair to find another hospital. In this case – outlined in the January 2014 …

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Former police call for more to be done to address suicide rates in the force

Natalie Whiting reported this story on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 18:38:00 DAVID MARK: Two former police officers who have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder say more needs to be done to address suicide rates in the police force. Lifeline and Beyond Blue have backed calls for more research into the rates of suicide in various occupations in an attempt to help prevent more self-harm. Here’s Natalie Whiting. NATALIE WHITING: …

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Program offers hope to communities struggling with suicide

By Laurissa Smith ABC RURAL Rural communities grappling with suicide in NSW now have access to a new program that supports people with mental health problems. The NSW Government is trialling the resource at Hay in the western Riverina and Walgett in the state’s north-west. NSW Minister for Mental Health Kevin Humphries says these communities recognised they needed help with suicide prevention strategies. “Suicide has a different impact in small …

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New options and new angles on suicide prevention & support

With new technology comes new opportunities. The proliferation of smart phones, creates an opportunity for the development of mental health specific Apps – both as an adjunct to existing services – giving people another, potentially more independent and discrete option, but also, to reach traditionally hard-to-reach cohorts (youth, males, rural/remote, disability, single parents, GLBTI etc) when they are in the grips of a mental health crisis. The 14th International Mental …

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