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Suicide Report Cries Out for More Collaboration: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to take note of and aim to work together with the Northern Territory Government to implement the recommendations of the Gone Too Soon: Youth Suicide in the Northern Territory report tabled before the Northern Territory parliament yesterday.

"The report clearly identifies the need for better collaboration between all levels of government and service providers. This is a clarion call we hear consistently," Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said.

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Holistic Approach Key to Reducing Suicide in Regional Areas: Greens

Suicides on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and in the Strathalbyn and Adelaide Hills region over the last 18 months have highlight an urgent need to fill gaps in mental health services for regional, rural and remote South Australia, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said.

"In developing its suicide prevention strategy, the South Australian government must listen closely to those who have experienced serious mental illness and those who have lost a loved one to suicide to identify where the gaps in services and supports are," Senator Wright said.

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Penny's Blog - Star of Courage for Bob Fenwick, Mental Health Nurse

When it comes to awards for bravery, I'm always amazed at the range of people among us - our workmates, our neighbours and colleagues - who may be moved to acts of extraordinary valour in the heat of a crisis.

We know that emergencies can bring out the best in people. And so it was with Bob Fenwick. But unlike the bushfires, floods and cyclones that have been part of our national experience recently, it was in the workplace that Bob's courage shone through.

Today Bob Fenwick was posthumously awarded the Star of Courage in the Governor General's annual Bravery Awards.

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Questions Without Notice: Indigenous Suicide

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (14:43): My question is to Senator Ludwig representing both the Minister for Indigenous Health and the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing. My question relates to the government's response to the tragic incidence of youth suicide in Indigenous communities. This has recently been highlighted by the Northern Territory inquiry into youth suicide. Unfortunately, this problem is not a new phenomenon. In June 2010 the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report The hidden toll: suicide in Australia acknowledged these issues.

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