New Zealand: Male Suicide up 10%

The number of male suicides in New Zealand rose by more than 10% in 2016/2017 according to provisional figures from the Chief Coroner. Suicide now kills nearly 12 people a week in New Zealand, an average of nine men and three women. A total of 457 males killed themselves in 2016/2017, up from 409 the…

Program for Stop Male Suicide in VIC seminar, June 2017

STOP MALE SUICIDE IN VICTORIA SEMINAR MONDAY 26TH JUNE 2017 PROGRAM 9.00am: Registration BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE HERE 9.30am: Opening remarks, Glen Poole, Stop Male Suicide project 9.50am: Lived experience speaker, Layne Stretton of Roses In The Ocean shares his personal experience of losing his brother to suicide. 10.05am: Owen Connolly is an endorsed Mental Health…

Program for Stop Male Suicide in QLD seminar, June 2017

STOP MALE SUICIDE IN QUEENSLAND SEMINAR THURSDAY 15TH JUNE 2017 PROGRAM 9.00am: Registration BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE HERE 9.30am: Opening remarks, Glen Poole, Stop Male Suicide projet 9.50am: Lived experience speaker, Steven Charlesworth, explains how his experience of living with a skin condition; coming to terms with his sexuality and being a victim of bullying led…

Major report on Mental Health and Gender Equality ignores Men and Boys

A new report which aims to promote “gender equality in mental health and clinical research” and has been adopted by the European Parliament, ignores the needs of men and boys, according to a leading male suicide expert. According to Assistant Professor Rob Whitley, from the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, the new report “purports to…

The Stop Male Suicide in Tasmania Seminar Review

The Stop Male Suicide in Tasmania seminar took place in Howrah, Hobart on Tuesday 21st March 2017. The gathering acknowledged and paid respect to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community as the traditional and original owners, and continuing custodians of the land where we met and acknowledged the Elders, past and present. Around 50 people registered for…

Thinking about male suicide (Tasmania)

The following post provides some of the responses to an attendee survey conducted at the Stop Male Suicide in Tasmania seminar held in Hobart in March 2017: What key things prevent you (or others) taking action to stop male suicide? Feeling inadequate, lack of skills Lack of information, resources Being able to support the person…

Call for speakers: Stop Male Suicide in SA

The Stop Male Suicide project is calling for expressions of interest from speakers interested in taking part in this year’s Stop Male Suicide in SA seminar to be held in Adelaide on Wednesday 28th June 2017. We’d like to hear from anyone with an interest in male suicide; men’s health and wellbeing and male suicide prevention, who has information,…

Call for speakers: Stop Male Suicide in QLD

The Stop Male Suicide project is calling for expressions of interest from speakers interested in taking part in this year’s Stop Male Suicide in QLD seminar to be held in Brisbane on Thursday 15th June. Last year’s event was a great success, featuring speakers from a broad range of organisations including: Lifeline; R U OK?; MATES In…

Call for speakers: Stop Male Suicide in VIC

The Stop Male Suicide project is calling for expressions of interest from speakers interested in taking part in this year’s Stop Male Suicide in VIC seminar to be held in Melbourne on Monday 26th June. Last year’s event was a great success, featuring speakers from a broad range of organisations including: MensLine; R U OK?; LaTrobe…

Suicide is not just a mental health issue says Lifeline

Mental health issues are not the only cause of suicide, according to the CEO of Lifeline, Pete Shmigel, with situational factors such as relationship breakdown and unemployment requiring their own suicide prevention responses. Shmigel made the announcement as he welcomed the news that the COAG Health Council has announced the development of Australia’s first National Suicide…

Most male farmer suicide not caused by mental health issues

New research on male suicide amongst Australian farmers has found that around 4 out of 5 (78%) of suicides studied were linked to situational distress with 1 in 5 (22%) characterised by longstanding mental health issues. The Study by the Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention found that the two most common situational factors…

ABC Radio Hobart features Stop Male Suicide project

In the run up to our recent Stop Male Suicide in Tasmania seminar, we were invited onto ABC Radio Hobart to talk about the event and the issue. The following transcript captures the conversation between presenter Ryk Goddard; Glen Poole of the Stop Male Suicide project and Jonathan Bedloe of the Men’s Resources Tasmania, who…