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…

Stop Male Suicide project now in Tasmania

The Stop Male Suicide project is currently in Tasmania where we will be hosting two events in March and April: Stop Male Suicide in Tasmania Seminar (Hobart, Tuesday 21st March 2017) Male Suicide Prevention Training (Campbell Town, Friday 7th April 2017) Suicide kills six men a day in Australia (and around six men a month…

Male Suicide tops agenda at national men’s health conference

The unacceptably high rate of male suicide in Australia will be one of the key issues discussed at a national men’s health conference to be held in Sydney in four weeks time. With male suicide now claiming six lives a day and costing the economy an estimated $13.75B a year, some of the country’s leading…

Stop Male Suicide: Annual Review 2016

INTRODUCTION Suicide kills six Australian men a day and costs the economy an estimated $13.75B. We know suicide is preventable; we know that men are three times more likely to take their own lives and we know that most approaches to suicide prevention are more effective at helping women. With this in mind, we officially…

Suicidal Men Need Male-Friendly Therapy

Psychological approaches to preventing suicide might be more effective in treating men if gender differences were taken into account, according to researchers in the UK.

Gus Worland calls for Government taskforce to Stop Male Suicide

Triple M’s Gus Worland has called for a Government taskforce to be established to stop male suicide in Australia. Worland’s call came as the first episode of his new three-part documentary series on male suicide, “Man Up“, was broadcast on ABC. According to a report by news.com.au, Worland is committed to lobbying the Government to…

Closing the Gender Suicide Gap would save 30 men’s lives a week

According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics,  a total of 3,027 people died by suicide in 2015. Of these 2,292 (75.7%) were male and 735 (24.3%) were female. The number of male suicides has risen by 41% in the past decade from 1,624 in 2006 to 2,292, with men accounting for 75.7%…

STRATEGIC FAILURE TO STOP MALE SUICIDE COSTING $13.75B

STRATEGIC FAILURE TO STOP MALE SUICIDE COSTING $13.75B Closing the gender suicide gap would save more than 1,500 men’s lives Australia’s suicide prevention strategies are failing to stop male suicide which is now costing the economy $13.75B a year and killing nearly 200 men a month, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau…

MP speaks of father’s suicide in maiden speech

Julian Lesser, who was elected as the federal Member of Parliament for Berowra in NSW in July 2016, has spoken about his father’s suicide in his maiden speech. You can read the full transcript of his speech here. The key extract in which Julian speaks about suicide prevention is published below. By Julian Lesser My father…