Suicide is a serious health issue both physically and perhaps more importantly, mentally. In 2009 the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that 2,132 deaths were due to suicide. This equates 6 deaths by suicide per day – or four per hour. Not only that, but for every completed suicide it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt.
People at risk of suicide require support – and sometimes providing support isn’t as easy as it sounds. SA Health, in collaboration with the University of South Australia, held a mental health symposium in Whyalla on Thursday December the 6th, 2012.
SA Health’s Chief Psychiatrist, Dr Peter Tyllis joined Bill Walter on Breakfast to discuss the new clinical guidelines to help health professionals support people at risk of suicide.
Produced by: Chris Komorek