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Australian Politicians/ Contacts
Plea To Cut Suicide Rate
GREATER community understanding
and co-operation could
have prevented many of
the 2363 suicides last
year, the Australian
Lack of community
the treatments available and poorly resourced and distributed
service systems were
among major problems,
AMA federal president
Dr Bill Glasson said.
He said most mentally
ill people received no
treatment or poor treatment, he said.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.
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System Failures Linked To Suicides (19-7-2005)
New Bid To Halt Youth Suicide (17-4-2005)
Child Suicide Attempts (21-10-2003)
- Sex abuse linked to depression (28-12-1999)
Suicide Help Lines- If you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide,
contact any of these helplines below
or seek immediate help from a GP or a counsellor....
Help is only a phone call away..
Kids Help Line Counselling Service
Ph: 1800 55 1800 (National 24hr service)
A counselling service for children and young people under the age of 18.
Lifeline: 13 11 14
National 24 hour telephone counselling service for the cost of a local call
Beyondblue Information Line: 1300 22 46 36
For information about depression, anxiety and related substance abuse disorders,
available treatments and where to get help.
Suicide Prevention Crisis Line
Ph- (02) 9331 2000
SANE Australia Helpline: 1800 18 SANE (7263)
National Free call- Operates Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm EST
email- firstname.lastname@example.org or visit- www.sane.org
Mens Line Australia: 1300 78 99 78 (National 24hr service)
Salvo Counselling Line: 1300 36 36 22
24 hour telephone counselling service.
In 2000, 1860 males (119.4 per 100,000) and
503 females (5.2 per 100,000) died by suicide.
a total of 2363.
Many more people attempt
than complete suicide. Admissions to hospital
for intentional self-injury are about 10
times as common as deaths due to suicide.
Rates of completed suicides are three to
four times higher among males than females
across all age groups.
More young women
than men attempt suicide, but women have
fewer fatal outcomes.
Males aged 20 to 44
years and 70 years and over are at highest
risk of death by suicide.
Suicide rates for males born overseas are
notably lower than for Australian-born
Deaths among young men from
suicide have increased worldwide in the past
Australia has a similar rate of
suicide to that of the US and Canada. The
rate is substantially higher than in Britain
but lower than New Zealand.
young suicide rate (15 to 24 years) is fourth-
highest among Western countries.
The Reach Out! website can, be
accessed at www.reachout.asn.au
WHEN A CHILD TALKS OF SUICIDE YOU SHOULD
Encourage the child to talk to you or to some other trusted
Listen to the childís feelings. Donít give advice or feel
obligated to find simple solutions. Try to imagine how you
would feel in the childís place.
If the childís words or actions scare you,
tell him or her. If youíre worried or donít
know what to do, say so. Donít be a cheerful phony.
At times everyone feels sad, hurt,
or hopeless. You know what thatís like;
share your feelings. Let the child know he
or she is not alone.
Professional help is crucial when
something as serious as suicide is considered.
Help may be found at a suicide prevention and crisis
center, local mental health association, or through clergy.
Become familiar with the suicide prevention program at
the childís school. Contact the appropriate person(s)
at the school.
SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PREVENTING TEEN SUICIDE
In a recent study on the long-term impact of child abuse,
adult women who said they were physically or emotionally
abused as children were more likely to have mental problems,
suffer from depression and to have attempted suicide.
Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for all persons
regardless of age, sex or race; the third leading cause of death
for young people aged 15 to 24; and the fourth leading cause of
death for persons between the ages of 10 and 14.
It is important to take the subject of suicide seriously.
It doesn't seem right that a teenager - who has lived for
such a short time - would choose to die. But adolescents
who can't get over their depression sometimes do kill themselves.
Boys commit suicide more often than girls,
but no one is immune. In one recent survey of high
school students, 60 percent said they had thought
about killing themselves. About 9 percent said they
had tried at least once.
Why has the youth suicide rate gone so high in recent years?
It's easier to get the tools for suicide
(Boys often use firearms to kill themselves; girls usually use pills);
the pressures of modern life are greater;
competition for good grades and college admission is stiff;
there's more violence in the newspapers and on television.
Lack of parental interest may be another problem.
Many children grow up in divorced households; for others,
both of their parents work and their families spend limited
time together. According to one study 90 percent of suicidal
teenagers believed their families did not understand them.
(However, this is such a common teen-age complaint that
other factors are playing a role, too.) Young people also
reported that when they tried to tell their parents about
their feelings of unhappiness or failure, their mother and
father denied or ignored their point of view.
If your teenager has been depressed, you should look
closely for signs that he or she might be thinking of suicide:
- Has his personality changed dramatically?
- Is he having trouble with a girlfriend
(or, for girls, with a boyfriend)?
- Or is he having trouble getting along with other friends
or with parents?
- Has he withdrawn from people he used to feel close to?
- Is the quality of his schoolwork going down?
- Has he failed to live up to his own or someone else's
standards (when it comes to school grades, for example)?
- Does he always seem bored, and is he having
- Is he acting like a rebel in an unexplained and severe way?
- Is she pregnant and finding it hard to cope with this major
- Has he run away from home?
- Is your teen-aager abusing drugs and/or alcohol?
- Is she complaining of headaches, stomachaches, etc.,
that may or may not be real?
- Have his eating or sleeping habits changed?
- Has his or her appearance changed for the worse?
- Is he giving away some of his most prized possessions?
- Is he writing notes or poems about death?
- Does he talk about suicide, even jokingly?
- Has he said things such as, "That's the last straw,"
"I can't take it anymore," or "Nobody cares about me?"
(Threatening to kill oneself precedes four out of five suicidal
- Has he tried to commit suicide before?
If you suspect that your teen-ager might be
thinking about suicide, do not remain silent.
Suicide is preventable, but you must act quickly.
- Ask your teen-ager about it. Don't be afraid to say the word
"suicide." Getting the word out in the open may help your
teenager think someone has heard his cries for help.
- Reassure him that you love him. Remind him that no matter
how awful his problems seem, they can be worked out, and
you are willing to help.
- Ask her to talk about her feelings. Listen carefully. Do not
dismiss her problems or get angry at her.
- Remove all lethal weapons from your home, including guns,
pills, kitchen utensils and ropes.
- Seek professional help. Ask your teen-ager's pediatrician to
guide you. A variety of outpatient and hospital-based
treatment programs are available.
WHAT PARENTS CAN DO TO HELP
Look for Danger Signs of Suicide
- Previous suicide attempts
- The verbalizing of suicide threats
- The giving away of prized personal possessions
- The collection and discussion of information on
- The expression of hopelessness, helplessness,
and anger at oneself or the world
- Themes of death or depression evident in conversation,
written expressions, reading selections, or artwork
- Statements or suggestions that the speaker would
not be missed if he or she were gone
- The scratching or marking of the body, or other
- Recent loss of a friend or a family member
(or even a pet) through death or suicide; other losses
(for example, loss of a parent resulting from divorce)
- Acute personality changes, unusual withdrawal,
aggressiveness, or moodiness, or new involvement
in high-risk activities.
- Sudden dramatic decline or improvement in academic
performance, chronic truancy or tardiness, or running away
- Physical symptoms such as eating disturbances, sleeplessness
or excessive sleeping, chronic headaches or stomachaches,
menstrual irregularities, apathetic appearance
- Use or increased use of substances
Look for sudden changes in behavior that are significant,
last for a long time, and are apparent in all or most areas
of his or her life (pervasive).
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