FIFO suicides: Parents of Rhys Connor still fighting for mental health changes in mining industry

EVERY day for almost five years, Anita Miller imagines her son Rhys Connor hanging from the ceiling of his room at a Pilbara mine site camp. Mrs Miller, 50, of Oldbury, doesn’t lay blame for the [...]

Self-determination the key to solving our indigenous suicide crisis: Expert

The problem of Indigenous suicide is one that demands our attention. Despite the awful figures, change is at hand, but progress is slow.    Suicide rates among Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander communities are amongst the [...]

Call to ‘do better’ to help detained youth

Researchers have uncovered unprecedented levels of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and severe cognitive delays among incarcerated young Australians. Australia can do better to help young people in detention with severe neurological impairments, Australian Medical Association (AMA) [...]

Extreme concern over mental welfare of drought affected Hunter farmers: Dairy Connect

The advocacy group that represents dairy farmers across NSW is “extremely concerned” about the mental health of Hunter producers battling a drought that started almost a year ago. Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said farmers and their families [...]

Royal Flying Doctor Service warns rural mental health services in ‘crisis’

The Royal Flying Doctor Service says mental health services in rural and remote Australia are in a state of “crisis”. The charity’s chief executive Martin Laverty said major disparities between country and city services still existed, [...]

The death of a child by suicide

      Photo source: The Stringer Independent News  The death of a child is always heartbreaking but when it is by suicide it is as devastating as it gets, with long term psychosocial effects. There is [...]

Rural exercise program aims to get farmers moving

Australian farmers are being encouraged to get moving in the new year by taking part in a fitness program aimed at improving mental and physical health. Concerned about the prevalence of depression in rural communities, Ginny [...]

Northern Territory justice criticises five-month wait for mental health assessment report

The Northern Territory’s forensic mental health team is so overstretched that it cannot prepare a report on one defendant’s severe cognitive impairment before the end of May. Bronson Wurramara is being tried for indecent assault, but [...]

‘The way we respond to rural suicide is not working’: Centre for Remote and Rural Mental Health

THE way we think about and respond to suicide is not working in regional and remote Australia, with a new report showing rural suicide rates are more than 50 per cent higher than in the capital [...]

Mental health plan helps rural areas says Senator

A comprehensive health plan to establishes a framework for the health needs of western Queensland will go a long way towards improving the wellbeing of those communities, says LNP Senator Ian Macdonald. Senator Macdonald said the [...]