Hunter Institute of Mental Health staff are actively preparing to facilitate a range of presentations as part of this year’s National Suicide Prevention Conference in Brisbane.
We know that over 3,000 people take their lives each year across the country and this issue is getting more attention and more focus than ever before. But what is less known and less talked about, is the number of people who attempt suicide each year and the impacts that this behaviour has on those individuals and the loved ones who care for them.
The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Health, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, of the Australian Government’s $47 million funding pledge towards national leadership and support in suicide prevention.
You can hardly open a social media channel without seeing commentary about 13 Reasons Why – a Netflix drama series that explores a range of issues affecting young people, including suicide. The media across the world have been asking whether this a responsible and safe representation of suicide, and now the Australia media has followed suit.
The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has been invited to continue its involvement in the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s MindOUT! Champions Project, with the announcement of Kristy Platt as the new LGBTI Champion.
Today, new research has been released that examines attitudes towards the reporting and professional communication about suicide held by media professionals, public relations professionals and students in Australia.