Suicide

More than one in four high school students have experienced signs of depression

More than a quarter of high school students have experienced signs of clinical depression and other psychiatric conditions, with the type of mood disorder influencing students’ risk of suicide and self-harm. The UNSW study – published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease – offers a concerning insight into the lack of mental health [...]

Mother of Annalise Braakensiek says the late model got caught up in the eastern suburbs lifestyle and ‘perfect’ social media world

Annalise Braakensiek had a big and bubbly personality. She was sweet, loving and full of energy — that’s exactly how those close to the model remember her. But the mother of the late model has claimed her daughter got caught up in the Bondi Beach culture and was obsessed with perfecting her Instagram in the [...]

By |2019-03-11T18:46:51+10:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Depression, Suicide, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Tech Tent: Is the Internet Bad For Us?

From encouraging suicide to giving young people an unhealthy addiction to staring at smartphones, digital technology has been accused in recent days of doing more harm than good. On Tech Tent we explore the impact of the internet on our mental health - and meet two people with different solutions for dealing with stress. In [...]

Instagram to Scrub its Site of all Graphic Self-Harm Images Following Teenage Girl’s Suicide

The social media site Instagram has said it will remove all graphic self-harm images following the death of a British teenager. The parents of Molly Russell, 14, said she committed suicide in 2017 after she viewed distressing material about depression and suicide. Her family saw the posts when they inspected her Instagram use after her [...]

Indigenous Youth Suicide at Crisis Point

Communities and families are mourning the loss of five young Aboriginal girls who took their own lives in separate incidents in Western Australia, Townsville and Adelaide this year. In early January, a 15-year old girl from Western Australia died two-days after self-harming on a visit to Townsville. Last Sunday, a 12-year old girl died in [...]

By |2019-01-21T15:08:43+10:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Pessimism Around Youth Suicide Prevention Approaches is Unfounded, Study Shows

A comprehensive Australian study examining the global impact of suicide prevention approaches in young people has found that youth-specific interventions conducted in clinical, educational and community settings can be effective in reducing suicide-related behaviour in young people at risk. The review, by researchers at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has [...]

‘I Was Having Panic Attacks’: Online Gaming Addiction is Real

Like most teenage boys, Cam Adair played computer games. He would play the games – Starcraft: Brood War, World of Warcraft –with his cousin, or to unwind after school or hockey practice. "Then I started to experience a lot of bullying," the Canadian recalls. "And that bullying meant the gaming went from something that I [...]

Sinister ‘Momo’ Online Game Linked to Two More Child Suicides

TWO child suicides in Colombia have been linked to a sinister internet game that’s been sweeping South America. Local media reports a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy took their own lives in the town of Barbosa. RCN Radio claims the two children were playing a challenge based game — believed to be the ‘Momo’ challenge [...]

4 Ways You Can Help if Your Child is Being Bullied, According to Experts

The death of nine-year-old Jamel Myles, whose mum says he killed himself after enduring homophobic bullying, has shaken the world. Leia Rochelle Pierce, from Denver, Colorado, says her son had initially been proud to tell children in his school that he was gay. However, when he returned they started bullying him, and some pupils told [...]

By |2018-09-03T12:35:28+10:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Online Suicide and the Dark Psychology of Internet Insult Forums

Leon Jenkins was 43 when he took his own life in July 2018. He livestreamed his suicide on an internet forum where users can freely – and viciously – insult, berate, provoke and abuse each other. The idea is to make people leave the site when they can take no more. Gregory Tomkins and Kevin [...]

By |2018-08-27T17:35:17+10:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments