Suicide rates for young Australians highest in 10 years, researchers call for new prevention strategies

Suicide rates among young Australians are at their highest level in 10 years, despite a range of prevention strategies and investment from government, according to new research.The report, carried out by youth mental health service Orygen, has found the system is not working and a new suicide prevention strategy for young people is needed.

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New resource for health professionals working with people with eating disorders

Advice from more than 100 Australians who have experienced an eating disorder on what aided their recovery has been captured in a new resource for clinicians. It was as developed by the Butterfly Foundation with funding from the Mental Health Commission of NSW and launched this month.

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One size does not fit all in rural and remote health

Three rural and remote health leaders addressed the National Press Club today outlining the challenges and privileges of delivering health services in rural and remote Australia and to present the National Rural Health Alliance’s five key priorities.

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Seniors symposium finds community connections crucial to beating isolation

Connecting older people with their communities could be the key to alleviating the isolation of older Australians.That was one of the key findings of the Ageing in North Queensland 2016 symposium held in Townsville this week.

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How exercise might keep depression at bay

Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies. The studies pool outcomes from past research involving more than one million men and women and, taken together, strongly suggest that regular exercise alters our bodies and brains in ways that make us resistant to despair.

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How men on the land are reducing stress without pills

Ten years ago, locals living in the tiny rural township of Lockhart in the NSW Riverina region watched with growing concern as a severe decade-long drought chipped away at the mental health of local farmers.Suicide rates were climbing, and the isolation and successive year-on-year agricultural losses were taking a heavy toll on farming families.

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What is taurine and how can it improve psychosis?

In our recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, we tested whether supplementing standard treatment with taurine would improve cognition and other mental health symptoms in young people who had experienced their first psychotic episode

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Rugby Unite raise funds to deliver MHFA to rugby clubs in QLD

Under the banner of newly founded organisation ‘Rugby Unite’ and in partnership with the Mental Awareness Foundation, Darren Gaffney recently coordinated the second Rick Tyrrell Cup Rugby match. This included a pre match function to raise funds for Mental Health First Aid training for the Brisbane rugby community.

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Sistergirls and brotherboys unite to strengthen spirits

A healing circle was formed and their hands gripped each other's tightly, before there was an eruption of cheers.People embraced, tears flowing down their faces.About 85 transgender and gender-diverse Indigenous people came from around Australia to Wurundjeri country in Victoria for Kunghah, which means "gathering" in Ngarigo language.

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Suicide deaths among NSW teens jumps

The number of NSW teenagers taking their own lives has jumped to its highest point in 19 years.At the same time, deaths from road accidents - which used to be the leading killer for 15-17 year olds - has been gradually declining, according to figures in the NSW Child Death Review Team's (CDRT) 2015 report.

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Depression: does it originate in the immune system?

One in 10 of us will experience depression at some point. Just what causes this highly debilitating disease, and the best way to treat it, remain controversial: last month, Danish researchers reported that antidepressants raise the risk of suicide when taken by healthy people.

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