Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Australia Tackles Male Suicide

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Australia Tackles Male Suicide

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AUSTRALIA

Australia's inaugural National Forum on Men and Suicide ended on 3 May with delegates committing to a 'bold plan' to stamp out male suicide by 2030.

Delegates comprising researchers, citizens, policy makers and industry representatives gathered at the forum in Sydney with the collective aim of developing a strategy to tackle the problem, which is seen as having reached almost epidemic proportions in Australia. The forum's resolution was supported by The Mental Health Council of Australia, which said that, as the government turns its attention to the mental health crisis, now is the time to discuss suicide prevention.

Five men take their life every day in Australia, and of the 2,100 suicides annually, 80% are male. Research also shows that suicide rates are extremely high in Australia's rural and remote indigenous communities, and continue to rise despite the country's National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Forum delegates called on the Australian government to review its existing suicide prevention programmes and look into issues of funding a National Men's Health Well-being and Suicide Prevention strategy. …

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