“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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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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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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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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QLD police working to remove stigma for officers suffering mental health issues

Senior Queensland police managers are hoping to break down the stigma of mental ill-health by encouraging more open discussion among officers. First responders like police are over-represented when it comes to work-related trauma and suicide. Three serving Queensland police officers have taken their own lives in the last year. The latest data from Beyondblue found 110 first responders took their own lives between 2000–2012 and 62 were police officers. Assistant …

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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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