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Many health professionals don’t know how to support transgender young people when they seek help. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Almost half of trans young people try to end their lives. How can we reduce this alarming statistic?

We all have a responsibility to improve the well-being of Australian young people, and the current rates of poor mental health in our trans young people aren't good enough.
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.
Nurses can be scared to talk about suicide just as much as the next person. shutterstock/ArtFamily

Even nurses aren’t immune to the stigma of suicide

The lack of suicide training provided in nursing programmes can leave nurses feeling like there is a risk of further harm to the patient.
Adolescents are at a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide after hearing about the suicide of a friend. 'Sunset' via www.shutterstock.com

To talk or not to talk? The dilemma of suicide contagion

Learning about a friend's suicide attempt appears to transform the distant idea of suicide into something very real.
Bullying and suicide are both significant public health concerns for children and adolescents, and we need to understand the link between the two. Students via www.shutterstock.com.

Understanding the link between bullying and suicide

We may assume that people who are bullied are at risk of suicide. But are the youth who engage in bullying behavior at risk of suicide too?
Teachers and parents can help identify signs of mental ill health and connect adolescents with appropriate professional help. Shutterstock

What can parents do about their teenagers’ mental health?

Mental disorders are debilitating and often emerge in adolescence. Identifying these problems and intervening early helps reduce their impact on social, emotional and academic function, which, unheeded…
A still from the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s award-winning Be Deadly Online campaign. ACMAcybersmart/YouTube

Well-connected Indigenous kids keen to tap new ways to save lives

Tony Abbott is spending this week in North-East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Australian YA literature seems to be repeatedly representing adolescent suicide as productive for survivors. dory kornfeld

Young adult fiction can be a safe space to discuss youth suicide

Suicide is the leading cause of death among Australians aged 15-24, according to cause of death data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in March this year. In light of this, it’s not surprising…

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