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Greens Commend Groundbreaking Mental Health Research

Greens Mental Health spokesperson Senator Penny Wright has commended a groundbreaking report by a worldwide alliance of scientists, identifying a link between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

 

Studies involving tens of thousands of patients have identified variations in the genetic code which are associated with both conditions.

 

Senator Wright acknowledged that the findings are the result of the work of scientists from more than 20 nations, including an Australian team led by University of NSW psychiatrist Philip Mitchell.

 

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RUOK? - How Can We Start Talking About Suicide?

Until recently suicide has long been the topic no media will touch. Yet more than 2000 Australians commit suicide each year and for every person who dies from suicide, another 30 attempt it.

For the most part, it’s a topic the media has been reluctant to cover for fear that highlighting the issue could prompt copycat acts or glamourise suicide in some way.

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Suicide Reporting Reforms Welcome

Greens Mental Health spokesperson Penny Wright today welcomes new reporting standards on suicide, outlined by the Australian Press Council.

“Tragically, we lose at least six Australians to suicide every day,” Senator Wright said.

“It’s heartening to see that the Press Council has given time and thought to formulating guidelines that will allow for greater coverage of this taboo topic.

“There’s a delicate balance to be struck and importantly the new guidelines set out that suicide will be reported in a sensitive and careful way.”

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