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People who have a financial shock are at greater risk of depression and a raft of other physical and mental health issues. Ethan Sykes/Unsplash

Losing wealth, health and life: how financial loss can have catastrophic effects

Unaffordable home loans, poor financial advice and unmanageable consumer credit may have serious consequences for many Australians, beyond bankruptcy and debt. Here's what the research says.
A 2018 pilot project between the Public Health Agency of Canada and Advanced Symbolics will use social media posts as a resource to predict regional suicide rates. (Shutterstock)

How AI is helping to predict and prevent suicides

From predicting suicide risk to chatbot therapy, artificial intelligence is all the rage in suicide prevention. The question is, can it really work?
Research shows that children are less likely to cyberbully others if they believe that the adults in their life would punish them for it. (Shutterstock)

Cyberbullying: Four steps to protect your kids

Research shows that parents play the most important role in prevention of cyberbullying. Here are four ways they can step up for their kids.
Research suggests that suicides by racial and ethnic minorities are undercounted. Joseph Sohm/shutterstock.com

Suicide isn’t just a ‘white people thing’

Many cultures still experience silence and shame around mental health issues. But that doesn't mean they don't need help.
James Stewart and Donna Reed in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ Wikimedia Commons

The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

Just as facts are stubborn, myths in the era of social media are also proving to be as well. And, that can be harmful, particularly when it comes to the media reporting on holiday suicides. Here's why.
The largest differences in early death between those with and without mental disorders were for respiratory diseases and alcohol misuse. Jake Oates

People with mental illness still die a decade earlier than those without

Despite efforts to address the issue, the life expectancy gap between those with and without mental illness has remained consistent over two decades. However the causes of death have changed.
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?

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