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How to cope with adolescent suicide in schools – a guide for parents

how to cope with adolescent suicide in schools – a guide for parents

Addressing the taboo topic of suicide is a difficult and sensitive undertaking for anyone. When such a disturbance takes place in the life of your child’s close friend and classmate for example, you would naturally want to be supportive without causing additional upset when they’re exposed to the grieving process at such a young and vulnerable age.

With suicide being the...

How to use 13 Reasons Why to start a conversation with your kids about suicide

By Daniel Quin,

how to use 13 reasons why to start a conversation with your kids about suicide

Self-harm has become an increasing issue amongst young Australians. The 2015 Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey found that approximately one in ten young Australians had self-harmed at some point in their lives. Individuals often engage in self-harm for several reasons, with 57% using it to manage painful feelings, 25% to punish themselves, 6% to communicate with others...

What to do if you’re concerned someone close to you is thinking of suicide

Edited by Jill Wright,

what to do if you’re concerned someone close to you is thinking of suicide

While it might feel scary or confronting to do so, if you are worried that someone in your life is suicidal it is important to talk to them about it. This can be a hard conversation to have, but there are a number of things you can do to help:


  • Tell them you...

Even older brains can change

Edited by Jill Wright,

Coincidentally, after I spent Sunday morning at an APS study group on ageing - an area that we at Psychology Melbourne are developing particular expertise in -

quite coincidentally this morning  I came across a mention of BBC Radio 4's program on The Science of the Mind, which last week explored the latest research in neuroscience and brain plasticity. 

That research...

When friends aren't enough

Edited by Jill Wright,

when friends aren't enough

I imagine that many psychologists will share my reaction to a Fairfax Media article exploring the background to the tragic suicide of former model and TV presenter, Charlotte Dawson.

Headed, "Friends tried to save fragile Charlotte Dawson", it is, on many levels, profoundly disturbing.

As one of the victim's friends told Fairfax, "There are so many of us...

Online psychology research project on suicide self-help

Edited by Jill Wright,

Psychology Melbourne is continually impressed by the quality of the work done by the Black Dog Institute. This month, for instance, it is promoting Exercise Your Mood month, aimed at convincing Australians that regular exercise is good not only for the body, but also for the mind. You might want to have a look at the