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Greens applaud suicide assistance program

Media Release
Penny Wright 25 Oct 2012

Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, today welcomed an announcement the Federal Government will invest $20 million into a headspace program to assist schools deal with suicides.

"When a young person commits suicide, it is devastating for so many people, including their peers and teachers," Senator Wright said.

"Until several years ago, suicide was something that was rarely talked about, but it is very important that school communities that have been touched by suicide get appropriate assistance for dealing with the grief and the inevitable question of 'why?' that emerges when a young person takes their own life.

"The provision of special counsellors to help those school communities come to terms with the loss of one of their peers and prevent further harm is a welcome and important initiative.

"Suicide is the largest cause of death among young Australians, but underreporting means that numbers might be even higher than we think.

"It is crucial to provide support for young people, teachers and parents to deal with the aftermath of suicide as well as offering them the tools and information to reduce its incidence in the community." 

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