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World Suicide Prevention Day motion

Penny Wright 10 Sep 2012

We move that the Senate

(a) notes that:
(i) Monday, 10th September 2012, is World Suicide Prevention Day;

(b) recognises that:
(i) Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for men under 44 years of age and women under 34 years of age;
(ii) The most recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reports death due to suicide at 2,132 people per year, which amounts to 6 deaths by suicide a day or one every 4 hours;
(iii) Suicide remains underreported and estimates suggest that the total number of deaths could be as high as 2,500 a year;

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Work together to reduce suicide numbers: Greens

Penny Wright 10 Sep 2012

Commemorating today's World Suicide Prevention Day, Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said more community awareness and accurate data on suicide were needed to address the high incidence of suicide in Australia.

Senator Wright will move a motion in the Senate today that calls on all governments to promote public awareness and remove barriers to the accurate collection of suicide data in Australia, as recommended in the 2010 Senate committee report The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia.

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Response needed to mental illness in prisons

Penny Wright 5 Jul 2012

The high proportion of prisoners with a mental illness shows that Australian jails have become the psychiatric crisis centres of the 21st century, the Australian Greens said today.  

Speaking in response to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said: "We know that people with a mental illness are grossly overrepresented in the criminal justice system.

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Penny's Rural Mental Health Blog: Albany, WA - 5 June 2012

GreensMPs 4 Jul 2012

I enjoyed kicking off my RRR MH tour in WA in Albany, a port city 400km south of Perth, with a population of about 30,000. Friendly locals, lovely old architecture and a notable whaling museum well worth a visit to remind us of our past and how practices which we once thought acceptable do change with time. Many thanks to the people I visited who were welcoming and generous with their time and ideas. Thank-you Albany!

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