Suicide

‘Smiling depression’: it’s possible to be depressed while appearing happy – here’s why that’s particularly dangerous

The term “smiling depression” – appearing happy to others while internally suffering depressive symptoms – has become increasingly popular. Articles on the topic have crept up in the popular literature, and the number of Google searches [...]

‘If it wasn’t for pole I don’t think I’d be here’: Mother explains how pole dancing saved her life after her daughter’s suicide

When Jenny Green watched her daughter, Jacalyn Williams, pole dancing, she never imagined it would one day be her up on stage. But, all that changed less than two years ago, when Jacalyn took her own [...]

How Dan Vickerman’s death sparked a doctor’s search for answers

How many eggs have to break before elite sporting codes realise they are scrambling their approach to mental health? It’s a metaphor Martin Cohen has pondered ever since he watched his brother-in-law fall apart after the [...]

‘Situation dire’: Aboriginal child suicide inquest lays bare intergenerational trauma

A coronial inquest into the suicide deaths of Aboriginal young people in the Kimberley region has recommended the introduction of a cashless welfare card, a banned drinkers register and voluntary boarding school placements. The findings, delivered [...]

Aboriginal community pleas for ‘help in dealing with grief’ as Closing the Gap report finds most targets not met

Some members of South Australia’s Riverland Aboriginal community have lost 23 members of their family in the past two years, and they say they are desperate for help in dealing with grief. Their plea comes as [...]

Does Your Skin Affect Your Mental Health – And Vice Versa? Psycho-dermatology Aims To Find The Connection

With every bottle of the oral acne medication isotretinoin, commonly known by the brand name Accutane, comes a large warning about the risks of psychiatric effects. “Accutane may cause depression, psychosis and, rarely, suicidal ideation, suicide [...]

R u ok? Trees painted blue spark talking point around depression in regional communities

Alongside a country road in south-east Queensland, a large gum tree painted bright blue is prompting people to talk about mental health and ask: “r u ok?” It came about after Dick Moloney, a resident in [...]

Suicide rate continues to plague rural areas

The headlines were bleak last year with the release of the latest official statistics on suicide in Australia. They told us that, in 2017, 3128 Australians died from intentional self-harm – up 9 per cent from [...]

Indigenous youth suicide at crisis point

Experts say more needs to be done after five Aboriginal youth suicides and a sixth in hospital after a suspected suicide attempt in first weeks of the new year. Communities and families are mourning the loss [...]

Inside Facebook’s suicide algorithm: Here’s how the company uses artificial intelligence to predict your mental state from your posts

In March 2017, Facebook launched an ambitious project to prevent suicide with artificial intelligence. Following a string of suicides that were live-streamed on the platform, the effort to use an algorithm to detect signs of potential [...]