Youth Suicide in Australia: A Report Essay

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1. Introduction
This report will discuss an issue of whether Australia has done enough to prevent youth suicide by showing the background and social significance of the issue. Furthermore, the participants involved and their controversial opinions related to the issue will be analyzed in this report as well.

2. The issue and the Background to the Issue Since the mid to late 1990’s, youth suicide has become a common cause of death for young Australians (Carter 2010 para. 1). The government then acted and managed to reduce the suicide rate, which was a success (Carter 2010 para. 2). After decades, the problem was re-encountered and it became one of the leading causes of death for people under 25 years old in Australia surpassing car
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However, CEO of Beyondblue, Dr. Jane Burns, and Psychologist, Michael Carr-Gregg, argued, “Discussing suicide is just increasing the risk of suicide” (Carr-Gregg 2003 para. 8).
5. The Differing Opinions
Arguments supporting that Australia have done enough to prevent youth suicide In 2011, Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, invested $276.9 million for a four-year program to reduce suicide rate in Australia (Martin 2013, page 1). The donated money is used to add more psychological and psychiatry services for potential suicidal and to improve community support services (Martin 2013 page 3-4). As a matter of fact, many organizations purposed to prevent suicide have been established around Australia. Headspace, Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation is one of those organizations and there are already 55 centres across Australia (Tanti 2013 para. 1-2). In 2016, there will be more than 100 branches across Australia (Tanti 2013 para. 2). Besides that, the Australian Press has made up a decision to evaluate the standard of media when dealing with suicide cases (Canning 2011 para. 6). Julian Disney, the Council of Australian Press, stated, “There are a lot of vulnerable people (mental health issues) that can be affected by these kind of news and it is common for those people to copy it” (Canning 2011 para. 3-4). Moreover, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, tried to
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