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Marjory Stoneman Douglas students gather in the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee Feb. 21, 2018 to confront legislators about stricter gun laws. Gerald Herbert/AP Photo

More mental health care won’t stop the gun epidemic, new study suggests

A new study looks at whether deaths by suicide could be lowered with mental health care. To a small degree, yes. But a look at the costs suggests there may be better ways to prevent shooting deaths.
Christine Morgan points to the value of the brand of Headspace for young people; they know “this is a place I can go”. Shutterstock

Politics with Michelle Grattan: PM’s advisor Christine Morgan on tackling Australia’s rising suicide rates

PM’s advisor Christine Morgan on tackling Australia’s rising suicide rates. The Conversation, CC BY34.5 MB (download)
On this episode, the PM's national suicide prevention advisor speaks with Michelle Grattan on what we know so far about suicide rates, and what needs more clarity.
The government’s slogan is ‘putting veterans and their families first’, but on the problem of veteran suicide, it has fallen short. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Enough inquiries that go nowhere – it’s time for a royal commission into veteran suicide

A recent study found that male veterans under 30 have a suicide rate more than two times the national average. Yet, support for a royal commission into the problem is lacking.
Detail from a poster designed by the Indigenous creative agency Iscariot Media, which highlights the problem of cyberbullying. Author provided

We need to do more about cyberbullying against Indigenous Australians

Online abuse has been in the spotlight during this election campaign and AFL season. But researchers and policy-makers alike need to do more to understand cyberbullying against Indigenous Australians.
Over the past five years, one in every four children who died by suicide in Australia was Indigenous. Shutterstock

Why are we losing so many Indigenous children to suicide?

Poverty and social exclusion play a big role in Indigenous child suicide. The causes are complex but we know enough to act now to reduce the number of deaths in our communities.

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