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Youth suicide in Australia : prevention strategies / Gail Mason
Bib ID 320477
Format BookBook
Mason, Gail, 1962-
Description Canberra : Dept. of Employment Education and Training (Youth Bureau), 1990 
239 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. 
ISBN 0642155062

The research documented in this report reinforces the view that the issue of youth suicide demands sensitive and strategic consideration. In the past, suicide among children and youth has been hidden. The issue is now addressed in a climate which acknowledge an increase in the youth suicide rate in the past 20 years. The topic is complex but some evidence demonstrates that if workers with young people can identify self-destructive behaviour early, intervention strategies are effective. It is the first attempt at examining the issue on a national basis and as such will provide a useful source document for governments and organisations working in this area. It addresses prevention, intervention and postvention strategies as well as a number of other areas of concern to those working with young people. It provides essential information on the nature of youth suicide and the type of prevention methods that are likely to be effective. The report suggests that structural causes of suicide need to be addressed by the Federal Government's Social justice strategy for young people, which targets disadvantaged young people and those 'at risk', in key areas of employment, education and training, improves their access to accommodation and provides income support integrated with appropriate education and labour market assistance. Aims of the project: (1) examine, through literature searches, youth suicide prevention programs and agencies in Europe and North America, paying particular attention to those programs that have been evaluated; (2) locate any suicide prevention programs presently operating for young people in Australia and to examine, as far as possible, the effectiveness of these programs; (3) determine (through interviews with persons experienced in the field of youth suicide) which methods of suicide prevention are likely to be effective among young people; (4) compare and contrast the results of the Australian survey with available information on overseas prevention methods in order to develop recommendations as to policy for government and appropriate strategies for assistance in the youth suicide prevention field; (5) determine the cost of youth suicide to the Australian community.ves that

Full contents
  • Recommendations
  • Section I. The nature of youth suicide in Australia
  • 1. Aims and methodology of the project
  • 2. The context and nature of youth suicide
  • 3. Causal factors in youth suicide
  • Section II. Preventing youth suicide
  • 4. Current methods of prevention in Australia
  • 5. Foreword on suicide prevention programs
  • 6. Address the fundamental causes
  • 7. Multi-faceted programs

Bibliography: p. 223-239.

Subjects Youth -- Australia -- Suicidal behavior.  |  Suicide -- Australia -- Prevention.  |  Suicide -- Prevention & control -- Australia.  |  Suicide -- In adolescence.
Other authors/contributors Australia. Youth Bureau
Terms of Use Department of Employment, Education and Training (Youth Bureau) 1989. 


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