Suicide

Children as Young as 6 Years Old are Watching Porn Online

Children as young as six are watching internet porn, with one group linking the behaviour to sexual assaults in schools. Centre Against Sexual Violence counsellor Kate McCormick said there appeared to be "a lot of sexual assault" occurring within the school environment. "This has been linked back to early exposure to pornography," she said. "From [...]

By | 2017-10-16T12:38:46+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety, Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Talking About Suicide and Self-Harm in Schools Can Save Lives

Suicide and self-harm remain taboo topics in schools, despite the fact youth suicide has reached a ten year high. Recent statistics show around eight children and young people die by suicide each week in Australia. Around one in ten self-harm during their teenage years. This loss of life means that the topic is too important not to talk about, but [...]

By | 2017-09-18T16:39:36+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Suicide, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

What It’s Like to Support A Sibling With A Mental Illness

Christina’s sister was 28 when she was formally diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, though Christina, who asked that we not use her last name to protect her family’s privacy, says there had been signs of the disorder for years. Beginning in her teens, Christina’s sister, now 30, struggled with eating disorders, self-harm, addiction and suicide [...]

By | 2017-09-11T16:43:28+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: |0 Comments

High Rates of Teen Self-Harm Raise Concern

One in 10 teenagers surveyed as part of a national study said they had self-harmed and one in 20 reported having attempted suicide. Research has uncovered worrying rates of self harm and suicidal behaviour among Australian teenagers. Data released from The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children shows 10 per cent of 14-15 year-olds reported self [...]

By | 2017-09-04T15:26:40+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Suicide|Tags: |0 Comments

Facebook Will Let Users Livestream Self-harm

Facebook will allow users to livestream attempts to self-harm because it “doesn’t want to censor or punish people in distress who are attempting suicide”, according to leaked documents. However, the footage will be removed “once there’s no longer an opportunity to help the person” – unless the incident is particularly newsworthy. The policy was formulated [...]

By | 2017-06-05T10:51:09+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Teenagers Who Are Both Bully And Victim Are More Likely To Have Suicidal Thoughts

Most research into teen bullying tends to focus only on the victim. This means we know little about how the bully is affected. A new Australian study shows that teenagers who have been both a victim and a bully are at greatest risk of mental health problems, including self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Bullies are victims [...]

By | 2017-05-15T10:11:26+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Better Communication Can Help Save Lives From Suicide

An Australian suicide study has shown a worrying failure in communication between family members and health professionals. Professor Brian Draper, lead researcher from UNSW, said the study identified a gap in the medical guideline about health professionals sharing information with relatives. The research team examined 74 suicide cases in New South Wales and Queensland, and [...]

More Teens Than Ever Before Meet The Criteria For Having Mental Health Issues

Nearly 1 in 4 Australian teenagers meet the criteria for having a "probable serious mental illness", a joint report from Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute has found. The Five Year Mental Health Youth Report presented findings from the past five Mission Australia youth surveys, during which thousands of adolescents answered questions on several [...]

Men’s Self-reliance Linked To Risk Of Self-harm

Data from nearly 14,000 men shows those who strongly identify as self-reliant are more likely to have suicidal thoughts. For the first time large-scale empirical research has linked notions of what it is to be a man with suicidal thoughts, which the researchers argue puts a spotlight on the societal attitudes that may be putting [...]

Strong Link Between Disadvantage And Suicide

The state of the economy, including low incomes, job insecurity, zero-hours contracts, unmanageable debts and poor housing, is putting people at increased risk of suicide, according to a report by the Samaritans. The report, Dying from Inequality, says there is “overwhelming evidence of a strong link between socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour”. It says governments [...]