Australia’s increasing suicide rate linked to social crisis

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By Michelle Stevens
8 June 2016

Clear evidence of a connection between rising suicide levels, job losses and worsening living conditions emerged last month when mental health advocacy groups released details of suicide rates between 2009 and 2012 across 28 federal electorates.

In a media release, they called “for all major parties and candidates in the 2 July election to spell out what they will do in the next parliament to address the rising toll of suicide and self-harm across Australia.”

The results are part of a report, Suicide Prevention—An Action Agenda,prepared by consultancy ConNetica and the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney. The report draws a link between deteriorating economic conditions and the 22 percent increase in suicide between 2004 and 2014.

“Where countries have dramatically altered the social safety net for long-term unemployed and those with disabilities, suicide rates have risen sharply,” the…

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