Help us beat rural suicide

Suicide rates in Australia’s rural farming areas are higher than those of the general population (particularly for males), increasing the likelihood of a personal experience of suicide for members of this community—whether through attempting suicide or having thoughts of taking their own life, being bereaved by suicide, caring for someone who has attempted suicide, or some other experience of suicide. The cultural and contextual elements of rural work and life …

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Gold Coast groups to alleviate alarming suicide rates in men

Men’s groups are playing a key role in addressing depression and the alarming rate of suicide among older men. Spokesmen for Men’s Sheds said it was not uncommon for members to tell them a shed had saved their lives and had given them a reason to get up in the morning. This was echoed by Ian McDougall, founder of the Blokes Lounge, who said groups like his alleviated social isolation …

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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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Aussie man goes viral in fight against FIFO suicides.

An Australian worker has gone viral on Facebook fighting to put a stop to the high rates of long-distance workers committing suicide. Mario Prusac is the founder of Mind Over FIFO, which is a community created for long-distance workers battling high levels of stress. Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers suffer from depression at more than twice the rate of the general Australian population, research from Edith Cowan University has found. Researchers …

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More mental health support desperately needed in rural areas.

An outpouring of support has been shown for a mother who keeps her 16-year old daughter in a “safe room”, with the latest reports indicating the daughter is currently in hospital after threatening her family with a knife. Stephanie lives in rural NSW with two siblings and her mother Emma Parrey, who told Today Tonight Adelaide recently that she has to lock her daughter in a plywood-lined bedroom each night …

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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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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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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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Mental health: Patrick McGorry says suicide rates now ‘a king tide’

Awareness about mental illness is being substituted for meaningful political action on the issue, the world-leading psychiatrist Prof Patrick McGorry has told the National Press Club in Canberra, adding that the leaders of the major parties had failed to outline the kinds of policies required to save lives. “Suicide rates have become a king tide, more than double the road toll, but awareness and rhetoric won’t fix that,” McGorry, a …

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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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