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One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson, federal leader Pauline Hanson, and one of the party’s Queensland election candidates, Tracey Bell-Henselin. Facebook

FactCheck: are ‘up to 21 fathers’ dying by suicide every week?

One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson said 'up to 21 fathers' are taking their lives in Australia every week. Is that accurate?
There is no research evidence that spanking improves child behaviour. On the contrary, spanking is associated with aggression, antisocial behaviour, mental health problems and negative relationships with parents.

Why parents should never spank children

The debate on spanking is over. Scientific studies consistently show that it is harmful to children, increasing the likelihood of mental health problems and antisocial behaviours.
It’s hard for parents to know whether, or how, they should address suicide with their children. from www.shutterstock.com

How to talk to your child about suicide

If a child is old enough to ask about suicide, then they're probably old enough for a discussion about it.
Research shows that night waking in infancy is associated with behavioural control challenges at three and four years of age. (Shutterstock)

Children and sleep: How much do they really need?

Poor sleep in infants and children has been linked to an array of problems, from aggression to poor school performance to diabetes, obesity and suicide. Our expert reviews the science.
Teens most at risk of self-harm are those who are same-sex attracted or bisexual, or those with depression, anxiety or general feelings of unhappiness. Shutterstock

Australian teens doing well, but some still at high risk of suicide and self-harm

A snapshot of Australian teens shows most doing well, but as a group they are still plagued by suicide risk, self-harm and mental health problems.
Those who grow up in toxic environments are up to 12 times more likely to experience addiction, depression and to try to commit suicide. (Shutterstock)

Teen suicide is on the rise and this is why

World Suicide Prevention Day draws attention to the rising tide of teenagers taking their own lives. "Toxic socialization" involving emotional and physical abuse in families is a major cause.
In Australia, same-sex attracted young people are six times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their heterosexual peers. from shutterstock.com

Legalising same-sex marriage will help reduce high rates of suicide among young people in Australia

Same-sex attracted people have poorer mental health than their heterosexual peers, but In jurisdictions that have legalised same-sex marriage, the gap between the two is much smaller.
Indigenous research participants described a connection to the land as fundamental to their physical, social, psychological and spiritual health.

Back to the land: How one Indigenous community is beating the odds

One First Nations community stands out in northern Ontario, for its low rates of suicide and other mental health challenges. The residents say it's all about their connection to the land.
Child suicide, such as the 2013 death of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, has often been blamed on bullying. AP Photo/Brian Blanco

Bullying and suicide: What’s the connection?

From '13 Reasons Why' to real-life events, there's been increased scrutiny on the link between bullying and suicide. However, research shows that we may not be getting the full picture.

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