Some Gun Laws Tied to Lower Suicide Rates

NYT, 15 March 2017
Author: Nicholas Bakalar
“Background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases are associated with lower suicide rates. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the national suicide rate is now 13 per 100,000, a 30-year high. Researchers found that states with universal background checks had a decrease of 0.29 suicides per 100,000 people from 2013 to 2014. Those without such laws had an average increase of 0.85.”
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Kimberley Roundtable: Suicide Prevention

Department of Health, 14 October 2016
“The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull had committed the Government to this Roundtable discussion with key stakeholders in the Kimberley to understand what is working in the region and what is not and to find some agreement on ways to help shape a new landmark suicide prevention trial in the Kimberley. The Kimberley region has been selected as an initial site for a suicide prevention trial in recognition of the high rate of suicide in the region, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In the Kimberley, the age-adjusted rate of suicide is more than six times the national average.”
Find media release here.

Indigenous-led suicide prevention plan needed to fight Aboriginal death crisis: report

ABC News, 12 October 2016
Author: Natasha Robinson
“A major report has concluded Aboriginal suicides are at record levels in remote Australia, and mainstream prevention programs are failing.The report calls for a radical rethink in Indigenous mental health policy to place Aboriginal people at the centre of care. It calls for the immediate development of an Indigenous-led national prevention plan to stem a rising tide of Aboriginal deaths.”
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Medical school can be brutal, and it’s making many of us suicidal

SMH, 10 October 2016
Author: Nathaniel Morris
“We don’t have much data on how many medical students take their own lives each year. Few studies have addressed the issue, with varying results. But suicide is a major issue for medical schools. In surveys roughly 10 per cent of medical students have reported having thoughts of killing themselves within the past year.”
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Prisoner mortality post-release is a community health issue

SMH, 27 June 2016
Author: Nathanael Cooper
“More effort needs to be put into tracking the mortality rates of prisoners post-release from incarceration according to one Griffith University researcher. Professor Stuart Kinner used a range of data available to him to explore the post-release mortality rate of prisoners and found there was a high risk of preventable death in the first four weeks after leaving prison. The two major causes of post-release deaths in prisoners are illicit drug use and suicide.”
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The Lancet Psychiatry: Improvements in NHS mental health care in England may have helped to reduce suicide rates

EurekAlert, 20 April 2016
Source: The Lancet
“Increasing specialist community services like crisis resolution, helping make the transition to adult services smoother for young people, and implementing clinical guidelines are just some of the service changes that are linked to significantly reduced suicide rates in mental health services in England over the last 16 years. The study by researchers at the University Manchester also finds that suicide rates were higher in mental health trusts with higher levels of staff turnover, suggesting that organisational factors may be equally important in preventing suicide.”
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Victoria’s 10-Year Mental Health Plan Launched

Minister for Mental Health Victoria, statement 27 November 2015
* Government releases 10 Year Mental Health Plan for Victoria
* Priorities include suicide prevention, Aboriginal well-being and a workforce strategy
* Plan focuses on prevention, with nearly half of all Victorians experiencing mental illness in their lifetime
Find statement here and plan here.