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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Suicide among elderly men 3x higher than the national average



Rate of suicide amongst elderly men on the rise
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Wednesday 26 August 2015 8:06AM 
Picture at left: Fran Kelly of ABC RN Breakfast



Mental health experts in New South Wales have highlighted a worrying trend: the rise in the number of men aged over 85 who are taking their own lives.
The rate of suicide in this age group is now three times higher than the national average.
The Council on the Ageing in New South Wales will hold a forum in Sydney today to try and get to the bottom of why this is happening.
Meanwhile, health professionals believe ageism may be blinding some doctors from recognising warning signs of mental illness.
If you are experiencing mental health issues you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78.