Friday Media Round Up – 9 November

9 November 2012

Insuring mentally ill benefits everyone

If you have been to your GP this year, there is a two in five chance that you have been diagnosed with a mental illness. You may have been prescribed an antidepressant, sedative or tranquilliser.

Time to launch a troll patrol Facebook gets tough

Facebook has moved against the thousands of trolls who use its pages to taunt others, launching an Australia-wide Be Bold, Stop Bullying campaign.

Suicide main cause of rail deaths  

Suicide accounted for 80 per cent of national rail deaths last year, according to new figures. TrackSafe Foundation statistics show that in 2011 186 people died on the railways nationally. Of those, it is estimated 150 took their own lives. The remaining 36 died when trespassing or at a level crossing.

Queensland child protection inquiry told Barrettt Adolescent Centre School is set to close

THE State Government is set to place potentially hundreds of young Queensland lives at risk by closing a mental health facility playing a critical role in preventing youth suicide, according to a senior Queensland doctor.

Applications open for new community mental health funding

From today, community organisations can apply for funding to employ new workers to help people with mental illness, including by helping them find and keep a job.

Suicide Support Line Now Available Around The Clock

Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler has announced a phone line funded by the Australian Government will operate 24 hours a day to provide urgent assistance to people at risk of suicide who are participating in the Access to Allied Psychological Services program (ATAPS).