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YOUTH SUICIDE

Ms Vamvakinou, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) recognises that youth suicide is becoming an increasing cause of death amongst young people with youth suicide figures in 2000 at 2,363 with 1,860 of those males;

(2) recognises that the youth suicide rates for males and indigenous people, particularly in rural areas, are amongst the highest in the western world and that males are three times more likely to complete a suicide attempt;

(3) recognises that admissions to hospitals for intentional self-injury are close to 10 times as common as fatalities for suicide, with males more likely to take far more drastic suicide methods;

(4) recognises there is a role for families, education, role models and health workers in identifying and supporting young people at risk of depression and self-harm;

(5) notes the Sydney Morning Herald7 February 2002 article regarding government alarm on suicides rates with the Minister for Youth Affairs stating that "Australia is losing the war against youth suicide and needs a fresh approach"; and


(6) calls on the Government to implement further measures to lower the rate of juvenile depression and youth suicide.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.