A Mental Health Report on Adolescents

2015 Report extract – Suicidal behaviours Around 128,000 or 7.5% of young people aged 12-17 years had seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months. The proportion was over twice as high for females as for males (10.7% and 4.5% respectively). In addition, 4.7% of males and 6.6% of females answered “prefer not to…

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Identifying the warning signs in your children

Statistics indicate that thousands of teenagers are diagnosed with clinical depression almost every year. However signs for depression are the same as suicide warning signs and thus depression requires your utmost attention in order for the consequent suicide to be prevented. If left ignored depression can become a devastating disease for the affected individual and…

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Suicide through social media…

Suicide is classified as a leading cause of death for adolescents within the age group of 10-24 emphasising the extreme situation for today’s youth. In addition to this almost 157,000 teenagers sustain injuries caused by attempted suicide each and every year. Reasons for teenage suicide are many and include bullying, social inequality, academic issues and relationship failures all…

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Elderly Suicide Prevention

No matter the age, suicide and mental health is a serious issue that affects everyone. I’ve heard many people say different things about it, even calling it victimless. The fact is, however, suicide has many victims, even more than one might imagine. One of the issues we have in fighting suicide is that we put…

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Suicide Prevention Sunshine Coast

A NEW research centre to be opened on the Sunshine Coast will work to help arrest alarming rates of youth suicide across Australia. The University of the Sunshine Coast has teamed with University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute to bring together research and clinical practice to improve the care of young people suffering…

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Suicide Prevention Mackay

MACKAY’S suicide crisis has deepened with three men believed to have taken their own lives in a week. Two of them were in their 20s, the other in his 40s. Last year 33 people died by suicide in Mackay. Grapevine Group chairman Laurence Manning said there simply wasn’t enough awareness about mental health issues. “We…

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Suicide Prevention Townsville

A COMMUNITY forum on suicide has unanimously voted to form a Townsville prevention network following a growing outcry for more local support services. Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Network hosted the public meeting in Vincent on Tuesday at the Mental Illness Fellowship North Queensland. It was held after national advocacy group Wesley Mission determined the city…

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Suicide Prevention Cairns

CAIRNS suicide prevention campaigners are calling for change on how suicide data is recorded among youth. It comes as a new report shows an increase in youth suicide rates since 2004. Machans Beach mother Ruth Crouch, whose son Declan took his own life two years ago, said deaths by suicide for those under 15 were…

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Suicide Prevention Gold Coast

Griffith University on the Gold Coast is conducting a study on behalf of Beyond Blue. It was prompted by documented high rates of non-fatal suicide attempts amongst LGBTI people and is investigating if they constitute a unique risk-group. AISRAP researcher Dr Delaney Skerrett says it’s the first time a study has been done on fatal…

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Who can help with suicide prevention

Is it true?…only a mental health professional can help someone who is thinking about suicide?   The stats tell us that it is usually the non professional who encounters someone who is thinking suicide before they engage with a professional, such as a counsellor, psychologist, or mental health worker. This also tells us that if…

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A message for teens

I used to think that depression and suicide were things that happened to other people, that the way I approached my life somehow prevented me from becoming a victim of mental illness. I realized just how incorrect that assumption was when my own life was turned upside down by major depression. I first noticed that…

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Crisis of Suicide

Suicide for most is outside the realms of normal experiences. It is a rare event that can happen suddenly taking others around them unawares with very little coping skills. Suicide defies our natural human survival instinct which also makes it difficult for others to comprehend. There are lots of questions but never any clear answers,…

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