Rural and Remote Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: An Update on Progress

Mr David Butt,  CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, will present an update on the progress in rural and remote mental health and suicide prevention in a Keynote presentation at the 7th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium.  The Symposium will be held at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick, Victoria 26 – 28 November 2015. Keynote Presenter: David Butt David Butt was appointed CEO of the National Mental Health Commission in January 2014. David …

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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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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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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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