Suicide

National Report Reveals Widespread Bullying, Assaults and Suicide Taunts

More than 56 per cent of students with disabilities had experienced bullying over a 12-month period, a national survey has found. The survey, by Children and Young People with Disability Australia, revealed students experienced a range of bullying including being punched, kicked, headbutted, cyberbullied, spat on and having food or rocks thrown at them. Some [...]

By |2018-06-18T16:55:32+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Depression, Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Way We Discuss Suicide Can Unintentionally Cause Harm

Many people are discussing and grieving fashion designer Kate Spade’s death, apparently by suicide. And in these moments, it becomes essential to discussing suicide as safely as possible. Whether you knew the person who lost their life personally or as a public figure, whether you’re speaking in private, public, or as a member of the [...]

By |2018-06-08T15:03:39+00:00June 8th, 2018|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Debunking the Myths About Technology Addiction

How concerned should people be about the psychological effects of screen time? Balancing technology use with other aspects of daily life seems reasonable, but there is a lot of conflicting advice about where that balance should be. Much of the discussion is framed around fighting “addiction” to technology. But to me, that resembles a moral [...]

New Partnership to Support Mental Health in Rural Australian Communities

A new partnership between two prominent foundations will look to support mental health in rural, regional and remote Australian communities. CCI Giving and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) announced they had entered into a five-year partnership last Wednesday. The primary focus will be a FRRR-managed grants program, to support community-driven initiatives that [...]

By |2018-06-04T13:49:52+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Grieving Mum Calls For Hospital Records Overhaul After Teen Daughter’s Suicide

"Rani was a really beautiful soul who unfortunately just got caught up in some really bad situations." Those are the words of grieving mum Kerrie Stanley, and already you know how this story ends. It's a painful one. And familiar. As Rani entered her teenage years she became increasingly rebellious. She fell in with a [...]

Parents of Teenager Who Took Her Life Say ‘Contradictory’ Medical Advice Failed Them

A Darwin couple who lost their daughter to suicide say the health system failed their family, and there isn't a day they don't question what more could have been done to save her. And they're now preparing to ride 3,000 kilometres across Australia from Adelaide to Darwin to raise awareness of mental health issues, and [...]

Grief Cannot, and Should Not, Be Rushed

Von was about my fourth patient in as many months who was struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. She was in her late 60s and her husband, who had been considerably older than her, had been ill for many months with severe heart failure, so his death hadn’t been [...]

Emergency Services Staff Suffering Anxiety & Depression From Abuse

During the last financial year more than 8 and a half million calls were made to emergency services - and in the first half, the majority of those calls were for ambulances. But increasing aggression and abuse have lead to a rise in staff reporting symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. It's [...]

Resistance Training Could Be Powerful Weapon Against Depression

Resistance training's benefits go way beyond building big muscles: A new scientific paper demonstrates it might also be a great treatment for depression. The mental health condition has far-reaching impacts: it's estimated 1 million Australians have depression in any one year, and around one in six will experience it at some point in their lives. [...]

It’s Time To Give People The Ability To Call In On An Off Day

Ross Jones thought he was taking a big risk when he phoned his boss from the waiting room of a counselling service to tell him he would not be coming to work that day - or the next. "At that time in our organisation it was a lot riskier to talk about your mental health, [...]