Appoint a Federal Minister for Suicide Prevention

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Sam Hudson
Jul 28, 2020
This makes sense as it’s major public health concern!

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Matt Jackson
Jul 28, 2020
In Australia We loose more from suicide in a 2 week period than from COVID 19 In total.

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Kerryn Newbegin
Jul 28, 2020
Too many people are facing such mental hardship and more needs to be done.

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Anita Kanitz
May 26, 2020
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm... As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Audrey Hepburn

The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming:

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying
10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above
According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying

Bully-related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying, including physical bullying, emotional bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting, or circulating suggestive or nude photos or messages about a person.

Some schools or regions have more serious problems with bullying and suicide related to bullying. This may be due to an excessive problem with bullying at the school. It could also be related to the tendency of students who are exposed to suicide to consider suicide themselves.

Bullying does not just take place in school or at any place where you have to be physically present to be bullied. Unfortunately, there is what is known as cyber bullying. Although this happens with just the computer monitor or a device in front, it is as cruel as any other type of bullying. Some may say that this is not even serious, but cyber bullying can damage a person emotionally and mentally for a long time. What is even worse is that, this can result in suicide. The stories of ask.fm bullying related suicides can prove this beyond doubt.
Take for instance the unfortunate events with Ask.fm Bullying related suicides where seven young people ended their life because of social media bullying.

Ask.fm Suicide Story #1
A 14-year old girl was found hanged in her bedroom after receiving hate messages on her ask.fm page where they told her to cut herself, drink bleach, and kill herself. In this social media platform, the users are allowed to ask questions while remaining anonymous. Although some of the bullies were identified and some even revealed themselves to say sorry, the teenager already took her own life because of ask.fm bullying.

Ask.fm Suicide Story #2
Another young girl took her life after being bullied online. Only 12 years old, the poor girl jumped from the top of a factory located in Florida. She was found dead at the abandoned cement factory one early morning. According to investigations, she endured more than a year of being bullied online. Prior to her body being found, she changed her ask.fm page to “That Dead Girl.”

Ask.fm Suicide Story #3
A 15-year old boy also hanged himself, allegedly because of ask.fm. He was found in Lancashire Village right at his family’s farmhouse dead because of hurtful messages on his page. He was called a freak and was told several times that no one liked him. Some even said that he deserved to have sick things happen to him.

Bullying connected with misogyny is everywhere:

At High School I was bullied, harassed, stalked and defamed by a narcisstic male classmate (a real dickhead). There were rape threats too.There were bystanders, because if a girl didn't want sex with guys, which are interested in her, then is something wrong with her. She is stupid, mad and not normal, so they said.

At my workplaces I must terminated three times my workplace, because there were rape attempts, sexual harassment and bullying by horny collegaues and bosses (male idiots). The male idiots (very stupid pricks) had helpers, because women are sluts and men are men, so they said.

My perverse Muslim Australian (a real chicken shit) ex-tenant is stalking me with his friends for 13 years. The stalking includes rape threats, death threats, tracking, burglary attempts, slandering, cyberbullying, mailing of rape mails, rape and revenge porn videos of other females, hacker attacks, telephone terror, damages to property. His friends called me a slut and a whore and a Femnazi.

The reason was in all cases that I showed these men the could shoulder, women and girls are not sex toys and sexual garbage.

Bullying connected with sexual harassment, rape, hate speech is very common worldwide.

We are all the change for a better world we are waiting for. But we must fight for it.

Such people deserve harsh prison sentences. This must change in the future.
Blaming the victims is not the solution, blaming and punishment of the offenders are the solutions. Victim blaming is often done by females, that is very silly, how can a clever woman or girl not be on her own side.?

Hate crimes, sexual harassment and bullying against women and girls are found worldwide. That must have an end.

books about:

Bullied To Death: A Story Of Bullying, Social Media, And The Suicide Of Sherokee Harriman / Judith A. Yates (Autor)
On September 5, 2015, in a public park in LaVergne, Tennessee, fourteen-year-old Sherokee Harriman drove a kitchen knife into her stomach as other teens watched in horror. Despite attempts to save her, the girl died, and the coroner ruled it a “suicide.” But was it? Or was it a crime perpetuated by other teens who had bullied her?

Sherokee’s short life and tragic death created a national media and social media frenzy much of it centered on sensationalism rather than the truth. Meanwhile in LaVergne, the community sought answers to questions about who, if anyone, should be held criminally responsible for “bullying.”

Award-winning author and criminologist Judith A. Yates peels back the layers of sensational news coverage surrounding a girl’s death, and in context with national interest in the phenomenon of internet bullying tries to answer the question of whether Sherokee Harriman was BULLIED TO DEATH.

Anyone's Daughter: Amanda Todd, Bullying, Anonymous and the Dark Side of the Internet/ Quinn Alexander (Autor)
You know the story, now learn the truth. Amanda Todd was an ordinary Canadian girl who made the mistake of flashing online. An online predator captured the image and used it to blackmail her. When she refused to give in to his demands, he sent the image to her classmates, friends and family. What followed was harrowing few months of bullying that culminated in Todd's suicide at age 15. Anyone's Daughter explores how that could happen to a girl like Todd and examines the intense, worldwide and sometime horrific reaction to her gut-wrenching YouTube video and the anti-bullying crusade that followed.

Bullying Among Older Adults: How to Recognize and Address an Unseen Epidemic/ Robin Bonifas (Autor)
Unbeknownst to many, bullying is not an experience limited to childhood, but is an epidemic occurring far too often among older adults as well. Studies have revealed the alarmingly high rate at which older adults in senior programs and care settings are bullied by their peers, resulting in profoundly negative effects on the elders, the staff, and the community in which it is occurring. Bullying Among Older Adults is the first resource to address this critical issue, providing the knowledge and tools to recognize bullying and develop constructive ways to intervene and prevent it. As an expert on peer bullying among older adults, author Robin Bonifas draws upon a growing body of research as well as the voices and actual experiences of the targets and perpetrators of bullying. She exposes the nature of this phenomenon and then presents positive, proactive ways for community-based or long-term care staff to minimize and prevent it from happening. Filled with practical resources and examples, this book offers effective interventions, including empathy and civility training, empowerment strategies, bystander interventions, and more. Increase staff awareness and improve day-to-day interactions with: Detailed, step-by-step assessment strategies and antibullying interventions; Effective coping strategies to minimize negative consequences for those bullied; Pro-social activities to promote empathy and civility; Specialized approaches for residents with dementia or mental illness; Learning activities, case studies, sample forms, and policy guidelines (also available as downloadable PDFs). Bullying Among Older Adults is an invaluable resource in creating an atmosphere of caring and respect among both residents and staff.

Bullying and Racist Bullying in Schools: What are we Missing? /Dr. Sairah Qureshi (Autor)
Unlike most, this book highlights gaps in the literature as well as addressing the core issue, what schools, parents and educators are missing when it comes to dealing with bullying and racism. Henceforth, schools face underreporting on a significant level. Through academic and practical research, the author emphasizes areas for growth in anti-bullying education within the school curriculum and presents recommendations which include methods to eradicate all forms of bullying. Included are modules and class-based activities. This book is ideal for school teachers, educators and researchers.

Bullying-From Victim to Survivor: How I Overcame Ten Years of Bullying/Amy Sprague (Autor)
Amy Sprague details the lasting emotional torment, which is often the result of bullying. It seems as time goes on that bullying in schools is becoming even worse of a problem. Bullying-From Victim to Survivor allows the reader to see the dangerous effects of bullying from a victims point of view. Amy offers insight and advice to anyone who may be dealing with bullying, and the risks of not speaking out."

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope/Chessy Prout (Autor)
A young survivor tells her searing, visceral story of sexual assault, justice, and healing in this gutwrenching memoir.

The numbers are staggering: nearly one in five girls ages fourteen to seventeen have been the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. This is the true story of one of those girls.

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul’s School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of unexpected backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice.

This memoir is more than an account of a horrific event. It takes a magnifying glass to the institutions that turn a blind eye to such behavior and a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators. Chessy’s story offers real, powerful solutions to upend rape culture as we know it today. Prepare to be inspired by this remarkable young woman and her story of survival, advocacy, and hope in the face of unspeakable trauma.

I Am Me: Survivor of Child Abuse And Bullying Speaks Out /Patrick Dati (Autor)
I AM ME
Survivor of Child Abuse and Bullying Speaks Out

The true story about a person that chooses no longer to live as a victim but became a survivor.

Do you view yourself as a victim and unaware how to overcome abuse?
Do you need help conquering your demons and coming to terms with the nightmare of your past?
Are you clueless on how to walk away from the individuals that hurt you and stand up for yourself?

In this book you will:

You will learn how to achieve strategies for survival and healing.
Discover ways to help survivors identify and validate their childhood experience with child abuse and bullying.
Identify and come to terms with your sexuality and not to hide who you really are to please others.
Learn that suicide is not the way out and choosing to survive and take control of your life.
Find the person you were meant to be and accept who you are and love yourself.

Victim or Victorious: A True Survivor's Story / Mrs Shelley Anson (Autor)
Set in a South East suburb of Melbourne, Australia in the early 80’s, Victim or Victorious is the inspiring autobiographical story of a little girl’s survival, rehabilitation and fight to once again be accepted in mainstream school following a near fatal accident. This book is for sick and injured patients, parents and families of children in hospital, hospital staff, bullies, the bullied and the general community.

Sexual Harassment and Bullying: A Guide to Keeping Kids Safe and Holding Schools Accountable /Susan Strauss (Autor)
Despite headlines that label all harassment among youth as bullying, there is in fact a difference between sexual harassment and bullying. This book discusses the similarities and important differences between the two, offering firsthand accounts from victims and others involved in combating the activities that victimize students. It provides parents, youth advocates, scout leaders, and other concerned adults with practical steps to partner with schools to prevent and intervene on the behaviors to help keep kids safe. The book clearly identifies the steps to take to hold schools accountable when a student has been harassed or bullied, even when the school is not stopping the behavior. Providing examples throughout the work, Strauss helps readers become better acquainted with the various activities that constitute sexual harassment and bullying and what they can do to combat the problem.

Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs and Trolls/Carrie Goldberg (Autor)
'A rallying cry for privacy justice . . . chilling . . . take-no-prisoners and warmly gregarious' New York Times

'We need more warriors like Carrie' Tarana Burke, founder of the MeToo movement

'In the age of doxxing, revenge porn, and misogynist trolls, this book is required reading. . . . In telling these wrenching stories, Goldberg gives voice to the legions who have experienced unthinkable violence' Esquire, Best Books of Summer 2019

Nobody's Victim is an unflinching look at a hidden world most people don't know exists-one of stalking, blackmail, and sexual violence, online and off-and the incredible story of how one lawyer, determined to fight back, turned her own hell into a revolution.

Nobody's Victim invites readers to join Carrie Goldberg on the front lines of the war against sexual violence and privacy violations as her law firm sues the hell out of tech companies, schools, and sexual predators. Her battleground is the courtroom; her crusade is to transform clients from victims into warriors.

In gripping detail, Carrie shares the diabolical ways her clients are attacked and how she, through her unique combination of relentless advocacy, badass risk-taking, and unique client-empowerment, pursues justice for them all. There is the ex-boyfriend who made fake bomb threats in a client's name, causing a national panic; the girl who was sexually assaulted on school grounds and then suspended when she reported the attack; and the guy who used a dating app to send more than 1,200 men to his ex's home and office for sex. Carrie also shares her own shattering story about why she began her work and became the lawyer she needed.

Riveting and essential, Nobody's Victim is a bold and timely analysis of victim protection in the era of the Internet. This book is an urgent warning of a coming crisis, a predictor of imminent danger, and a weapon to take back control and protect ourselves-both online and off.

*Perfect for fans of She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker and The Good Fight*.

Bitch Fight: Put and End to Women Bullying Women in the Workplace/Jean-Francois Ducharme (Autor)
Thud! Crack! That’s the sound heard around the world as women bash their head against that impenetrable glass ceiling. It’s not only men who keep women from climbing the corporate ladder. Women mistreating their sisters in business are at the root of many bloodied heads and bruised psyches. Women bullying and sabotaging women in the workplace is pervasive. It’s a taboo subject cloaked in silence. This invisible threat leaves careers decimated and can create chaos in organisations. This book is for all those whose lives have been turned upside down by women bullies in the workplace. In this book we share our strategies, our insights and our understanding of the what, how and why this happens. We have solutions to help you deal with bullies at work and help you get the job and career you want and deserve. It’s time to put a stop to women bullying women in the workplace.

The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless versus the Rest of Us/Martha Stout (Autor)
WHO IS THE DEVIL YOU KNOW?

Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband?
Your sadistic high school gym teacher?
Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings?
The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own?

In the pages of The Sociopath Next Door, you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. He's a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They may be sociopaths too.

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people- 1 in 25 - has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday people, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbour, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.

How do we recognize the remorseless? One of their chief characteristics is a kind of glow or charisma that makes sociopaths more charming or interesting than the other people around them. They're more spontaneous, more intense, more complex, or even sexier than everyone else, making them tricky to identify and leaving us easily seduced. Fundamentally, sociopaths are different because they cannot love. Sociopaths learn early on to show sham emotion, but underneath they are indifferent to others' suffering. They live to dominate and thrill to win.

The fact is, we all almost certainly know at least one or more sociopaths already. Part of the urgency in reading The Sociopath Next Door is the moment when we suddenly recognize that someone we know - someone we worked for, or were involved with, or voted for - is a sociopath. But what do we do with that knowledge? To arm us against the sociopath, Dr Stout teaches us to question authority, suspect flattery, and beware the pity play. Above all, she writes, when a sociopath is beckoning, do not join the game.

It is the ruthless versus the rest of us, and The Sociopath Next Door will show you how to recognize and defeat the devil you know.

Bullied by the Boss: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Workplace Bullying/ Eva James (Autor)
Bullied by the Boss is a ground-breaking and original self-help book for those affected by workplace bullying. Wiping the slate clean on previous suggestions such as ‘have a heart to heart with your bully’ or ‘lodge a grievance’, Eva James knows first-hand that bullies find attempts at diplomacy either hilarious or infuriating. Encouragement to lodge a grievance should come with a cardboard box for us to scoop up our family photos and nick-nacks on the way out the door. But here’s the answer. Having been through it, researched the problem and spent years working with employment lawyers, there’s little Eva James doesn’t know: from psychological defences you can employ to compromise agreements and representing yourself at Court. Bullied by the Boss is both an honest and original workplace bullying memoir and a feisty and entertaining survival manual that every employee needs and every employer bad should dread.

Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online/ Bailey Poland (Autor)
Cybersexism is rampant and can exact an astonishingly high cost. In some cases, the final result is suicide.

Bullying, stalking, and trolling are just the beginning. Extreme examples such as GamerGate get publicized, but otherwise the online abuse of women is largely underreported. Haters combines a history of online sexism with suggestions for solutions.

Using current events and the latest available research into cybersexism, Bailey Poland questions the motivations behind cybersexist activities and explores methods to reduce footprints of Internet misogyny, drawing parallels between online and offline abuse. By exploring the cases of Alyssa Funke, Rehtaeh Parsons, Audrie Pott, Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, and others, and her personal experiences with sexism, Poland develops a compelling method of combating sexism online.

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Tracey Kennedy
Dec 4, 2019
I lost my 16yrs old son Trent James Kennedy 3months ago to suicide tomorrow would have been his 17th birthday  my son spoke openly about his thoughts and was receiving help but it didn't help more needs to be done to stop our beautiful children taking their lives 

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Grahame Daniel
Nov 15, 2019
Because the ripple affect touches a large portion of our community not just family.

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Bronwyn Pirrone
Nov 15, 2019
I believe in suicide prevention

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Heather Jarvis
Nov 15, 2019
More needs be done to address this crisis in mental health

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Sue Dunford
Nov 13, 2019
Mental Health and more so Men's Mental Health is grossly underfunded and ignored by our politicians!

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Melody Kuiters
Nov 10, 2019
I have gone through and still going through mental health