Lifeline Canberra CEO Mike Zissler has welcomed today’s piece in the Australian newspaper by politicians Chris Bowen and Julie Bishop, highlighting the need for an increase in the awareness for suicide prevention (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/bring-suicide-to-the-light/story-e6frgd0x-1226471372440).
The article resonates particularly loudly for the ACT office with heightened media awareness this week and a number of recent deaths in our [...]
The Open Government website has released an FOI request on suicides in the ACT by people in the care, or formerly in the care of Mental Health ACT between 2006 and 2012.
Majority men, but not overwhelmingly so. And hanging a clear favourite although carbon monoxide very popular.
Ingestion of caustic substance sounds like a particularly drawn [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is calling for an end to to the Catholic driven taboo on discussing suicide:
ACT Greens Health spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA, will today call on the ACT Legislative Assembly to break the silence on suicide, by having figures on the ACT suicide toll released to the public biannually.
“There is a great deal [...]
Is it just me or do others think it’s unreasonable to blame anyone other than the man who suicided in Calvary’s private psychiatric ward for his death?
Yes, he had his assessed risk category down-graded the day before…but he laughed at the treating psychiatrist (a locum) and said he wouldn’t kill himself (and requested to walk [...]
On behalf of lifeline Canberra I would like to put up the following event and information for attendance and discussion.
The Suicide Toll in Australia far out ways that of the Road Toll yet we hear little about it.
Last year 12 people tragically died on the roads of the ACT and each and every [...]
You know when you come across something really inspiring and want to share it with as many people as possible… Well, here it is…
There is a guy out there in the Canberra community who has organised a music show to raise money and awareness for Suicide. He’s pretty amazing – and I think that it is [...]
The ABC has the unfortunate news that a Canberra man, Peter Ingham, is behind the self styled “Facebook for the dead” frombeyond2u.com:
Peter Ingham and fellow entrepreneur Andrew Slattery have created a website being dubbed ‘Facebook for the dead’, which allows the living to upload videos, photographs and important messages, which will then be sent [...]
The Canberra Times has a bare stub on concerns raised by the Transport Workers Union that their ambulance officering members aren’t getting de-briefed after stressful jobs.
Union ACT official Ben Sweaney said they were receiving increasing numbers of stress-related complaints from officers, many feeling they were not given adequate support after attending distressing call-outs.
Something they [...]
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson brings word out of committee hearings that the electronic security system at the prison still doesn’t work and no-one knows when it will.
This is the prison that was officially opened before the election as a symbol of the Government’s competence.
So when will they bite the bullet and start shipping long term [...]
The Canberra Times has an interesting story on efforts by Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill to resolve legal action by detainees at the Belconnen Remand Centre who are unhappy about conditions there.
Minister for Corrections, John Hargreaves, is refusing to comment, which suggests he’s not thrilled by the latest development.
Minister for Corrections, John Hargreaves, has had a big spray about what he sees as the weakness of the Liberals policies on corrections.
It starts with a fighting headline: Hargreaves tells Liberals to put up or shut up.
And goes on to give us a history lesson in Liberal party policy making in the area:
“In March 2007, [...]
The Canberra Times reports that ACT Corrective Services have seen a big jump in complaints.
Complaints against ACT Corrective Services have jumped nearly 60 per cent in the past year as inmates in Belconnen Remand Centre buck against conditions in the facility.
The figures come as an inmate who voiced his concerns about conditions in the [...]
In the ongoing shambles of ACT Corrections the ABC now reports that the old Quamby youth detention centre is going to be used to house people who probably won’t try and run away.
“Acting Corrections Minister Simon Corbell says the former Quamby site will be used for periodic detention prisoners and low security inmates.
“Juveniles from the [...]
The Canberra Times has what could have been a short piece on a Belconnen Remand Centre inmate (or are we meant to call them a “resident” these days?) caught trying to tunnel to freedom.
The story is significantly padded by references to the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”. As if that movie is the only prison break [...]
[ 2 December 2008 at 12:30 pm; ] Tuesday 2nd December 12.30 – 1:30 pm
ACT Legislative Assembly, Reception Room
Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City
Community Coalition on Corrections & VYNE @ OzHelp
Suicide and Self-harm & the new ACT prison
Speaker: Professor James Ogloff,
Professor of Clinical Forensic Psychology and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Monash University and Director of Psychological Services, Victorian Institute [...]
[First filed: July 08, 2008 @ 09:05]
The ACT Government has commissioned two independent reviews of how a suicidal woman tried to hang herself with a seatbelt in the back of a Corrective Services van as she was driven from the ACT Magistrates Court to Belconnen Remand Centre.
Last night, the 42-year-old Fadden woman remained in Calvary [...]