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R U OK? & World Suicide Prevention Day

R U OK? & World Suicide Prevention Day

                        September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day for promoting awareness of suicide and mental health concerns across the globe. The 2015 international theme for WSPD is Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives with a focus on reducing stigma around talking […]

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Beyond Blue Launches Youth Suicide Prevention Guide

Beyond Blue Launches Youth Suicide Prevention Guide

Mental health organisation beyondblue have launched a new suicide prevention guide to combat the prevalence of youth suicide in Australia. The Family Guide to Youth Suicide Prevention, which has been funded by security software company Norton, offers information on which factors place young people at risk of suicide, what warning signs to look for and […]

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Call for Legal Changes Following Transgender Suicide

Call for Legal Changes Following Transgender Suicide

After transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn took her own life last week, activists have begun calling for legislation to protect gender diverse youth. 17 year old Alcorn died by suicide on the morning of December 28th in her home town of King’s Mill, Ohio. She scheduled a letter to be posthumously published on her Tumblr account, […]

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New Grants for LGBTI Suicide Prevention

New Grants for LGBTI Suicide Prevention

Western Australia’s Mental Health Minister Helen Morton yesterday announced $600,000 of One Life Suicide Prevention small grants. The grants are to be allocated to community groups to run suicide prevention initiatives. This includes specific training to assist the lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and intersex community. The ‘Opening Closets’ training aims to equip organisations with the […]

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Does Australia Need to Unite to Better Suicide Prevention Efforts?

September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day, which has been aiming to promote discussion and raise community awareness to tackle the issue of suicide since 2003. This year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is especially significant because the World Health Organisation has released the World Suicide Report, the first global report of its kind. Alongside the […]

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Concern at Alarming Suicide Rates

Concern at Alarming Suicide Rates

Outgoing byyondblue CEO, Kate Carnell AO has expressed her deepest concerns after new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that suicide is the leading cause of death in 2012 for Australian’s aged between 15 and 44. The preliminary figures have revealed that 2, 535 deaths have been attributed to suicide. Because the data […]

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Wentworth Miller Shares His Experience

Wentworth Miller Shares His Experience

Hollywood actor Wentworth Miller is a successful screenwriter and actor who is best known for his role in the popular TV series ‘Prison Break’. The actor recently revealed he was gay, publicly turning down an invitation to attend a film festival in Russia, a country that has recently introduced strict laws which forbid informing minors […]

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What Happened to Scott Johnson?

What Happened to Scott Johnson?

Over twenty years ago Scott Johnson’s naked body was found at the bottom of a cliff in Sydney. Johnson had been out celebrating completing his PhD at Manly. The young mathematicians death was ruled a suicide but his family is not convinced. Tonight’s episode of ‘Australian Story’ on ABC investigates the circumstances around Johnson’s death […]

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