Honesty online opens mental health conversation

Mikayla Kersten

OLIVIA SIVA We all know it, but we don’t often talk about it; posts to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can create a posed, edited, unrealistic snapshot of an individual’s life.   This superficial “social … [Read more...]

Community approach needed for suicide prevention

Neumann and O'Donovan at the World Suicide Prevention Day Community Forum

REBEKAH ROENNFELDT Brisbane's World Suicide Prevention Day Community Forum is encouraging everyone in the community to play a part in helping to reduce the incidence of suicide. The annual forum, organised by the Australian Institute for … [Read more...]

Increasing number of Australians taking their lives, statistics show

LUJAYN HAWARI A new statistical analysis shows the number of Australians taking their lives is increasing. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases information every year on causes of death in Australia and the most recent … [Read more...]

Aussies supporting 22 Kill Campaign

ALANNAH KERR   The 22 KILL challenge has Aussies posting push up videos all over social media to help support the fight against suicide for Australian and US Veterans. Many Aussie veterans and current service men and women are being … [Read more...]

Young women at higher risk of mental illness than young men

INGE HANSEN AND JODIE DEAN A joint report by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute revealed young women are at a higher risk of mental illness than young men. An annual survey, conducted by Mission Australia, found one in five young … [Read more...]

Expert says: Euthanasia is a health issue, not political

INGE HANSEN A Griffith University health expert has warned changes to federal 'right- to- die' laws for the terminally ill are unlikely to change any time soon. Griffith University Associate Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice … [Read more...]

Suicidal young man turned away by hospital takes his own life

EMMA McCLUNEY The mother of a 21-year-old man who took his own life said he was turned away by Redland Hospital because he was “attention-seeking”. Christopher Ball's heartbroken mother Kerrie Keepa had rushed her son to the emergency … [Read more...]

Help a mate on R U OK? Day

The latest ABS data shows that suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. R U OK? Day aims to change that by making it easier for people to talk about what is bothering them and get the help they need - and … [Read more...]

Australia asks ‘R U OK?’ on September 12

TESS BROOKS The fifth national R U OK? Day will be held next Thursday September 12 with the foundation urging Australians get involved and ask a friend or family member ‘are you ok?’ A study conducted by the R U OK? Foundation revealed more … [Read more...]