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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Men and suicide: Know the warning signs

UNSW Australia released 17 March 2015, Author Dan Wheelahan Men who feel suicidal often display distinctive warning signs, offering those closest to them significant opportunities to intervene, a study by UNSW researchers at the Black Dog Institute has found. Men who feel suicidal often display distinctive warning signs, offering those closest to them significant opportunities to intervene, a study by UNSW researchers at the Black Dog Institute has found. The Men’s Experiences …

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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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15th International Mental Health Conference 2014 Launch

The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is pleased to announce the 15th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th August 2014.  Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday the 27th of August. The conference theme “Mental Health: Innovation | Integration | Early Intervention”, will focus on Suicide, Dementia, Depression, Personality Disorders and Trauma. Featuring Australia and …

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Rural Mental Health consultation in WA

Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, travelled to Western Australia in early June to begin the first leg of an Australian-wide tour to hear about the unique issues affecting mental health care services for Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas. Senator Wright said while the Federal Government had injected a significant amount of funding into mental health over the past two years, people living in …

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