Newsletter date: 12 June 2015
* News Analysis: Maria Hatzakis, ABC News: Action needed to reduce high rate of Indigenous youth suicide, Queensland coroner says
* News Analysis: SBS News: Action needed on indigenous youth deaths
* Crisis Support - Talk to Someone - 24-hours/day 7-days/week:
Lifeline - Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention: 13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/
Beyond Blue - Talk it through with us: 1300 22 4636 http://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support
* WGAR Background to Suicide and Self-harm in First Nations Communities
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- News Analysis
ABC News: Action needed to reduce high rate of Indigenous youth suicide, Queensland coroner says
9 Jun 15: "Coroner Terry Ryan handed down the findings of an inquest into the separate deaths of two 16-year-old boys in Mackay in north Queensland. He found the Indigenous teenagers, who cannot be named, both hanged themselves in 2008 and no other person was involved in their deaths. The inquest findings revealed that in Queensland, the average yearly suicide rate for young Indigenous Australians was more than six times higher than that for non-Indigenous young people. ... Early intervention opportunities missed by child safety officers ... " By Maria Hatzakis, an ABC journalist based in Brisbane. She reports for ABC radio, television, online news and current affairs.
- News Analysis
SBS News: Action needed on indigenous youth deaths
10 Jun 15: "Specific strategies are needed to address the disproportionate suicide rate of indigenous youth, Queensland's coroner has recommended. ... Mr Ryan [Coroner Terry Ryan] recommended the Queensland Suicide Prevention Action plan include specific strategies aimed at addressing the disproportionate suicide rate of indigenous youth. He also recommended the Mackay community's effective response to the suicide cluster, which resulted in a greater co-ordination of prevention services, be considered for the action plan." Source: AAP
- Crisis Support - Talk to Someone - 24-hour/day 7-days/week:
For immediate assistance when life may be in danger
Lifeline's 24/7 hotline
13 11 14
Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention services
Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467
Twenty-four hours a day seven days a week
The Suicide Call Back Service provides free nationwide professional telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.
1300 22 4636
Talk it through with us, day or night
Useful national contact numbers - Suicide Prevention Crisis Contacts
1300 78 99 78
MensLine Australia is a professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men
Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800
aged 5 - 25 yrs
WGAR Background to Suicide and Self-harm in First Nations Communities
(last updated: 23 May 2015)
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