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Wed 28 Jul, 2010
By Sam Bristowe

We are in danger of losing a generation of young people if we don’t deal effectively with this crisis in our community

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Australian PM Gillard hopes to reduce depression within LGBT community

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The newly formed Australian government has announced that it will invest over $22 million AUD into preventing suicide within groups that are at higher risks, including the LGBT community.

The Labour government has revealed that if they were to be re-elected into power, they would invest $277 million into a scheme aimed to reducing suicide victims and help promote better mental health.

Over $22.4 million will be used to help those suffering in minority groups such as Indigenous people, men, and gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

According to the Sydney Star Observer, a national youth mental health organisation Headspace, is pleased with the new proposed action and CEO of Headspace, Chris Tanti, reportedly said: “Suicide rates amongst young people in Australia have reached appalling levels — men and women aged between 15 and 24 are in the highest risk brackets when it comes to suicide,” Tanti said in a statement.

“If someone is Indigenous or same-sex-attracted the risk increases four-fold.

“We are in danger of losing a generation of young people if we don’t deal effectively with this crisis in our community.”

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) worringly states that suicide is the leading cause of death for men and women aged 15 to 34 in Australia.

The alarming figures are increased with the Australian LGBT community however, showing a significant difference in mental health issues compared to heterosexuals. The ABS showed LGBT had a rate of 31 percent compared with 14 percent in anxiety disorders. It also showed that the gay community suffered triple the rate compared when it came to depression and similar disorders; 19 percent compared with 6 percent of straight people.


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