The suicides we choose to ignore: men aged 85-plus

Men aged 85 and over are three times more likely to die by suicide than other groups of Australians, yet this fact is rarely addressed. COTA NSW presents a Parliamentary Forum to consider older men’s suicide and to explore what our mental health care system is doing to address older people’s mental health needs.

The suicides we choose to ignore: men aged 85-plus

The suicides we choose to ignore: men aged 85-plus

Released: 14-Jul-2015

Event Date: 26-Aug-2015 to

Men aged 85 and over are three times more likely to die by suicide than other groups of Australians, yet this fact is rarely addressed.

When statistics about suicide are released media attention tends to focus on youth suicide. These deaths are tragic and it is gratifying to see mental health policy and resources directed to prevent them.

But what about the suicides of older people, especially men aged 85-plus? We believe that the media’s under-reporting of older men’s high suicide rates reveals a reluctance to engage with the complex mental – and other – health issues that can confront people as they age. It’s time the community looked more closely at their needs.
 

COTA NSW presents a Parliamentary Forum to consider older men’s suicide in the context of how our mental health care system is meeting the needs of all older people – men and women. 

Our Parliamentary Forum will bring together a range of expert speakers to explore this issue. Speakers include: the Hon. Pru Goward, Minister for Mental Health; Dr Rod McKay, NSW Institute of Psychiatry Mental Health Programs Director and NSW Mental Health Commissioner, John Feneley.

When:    Wednesday 26 August 2015
Time:     10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m
Where:  NSW State Parliament House
              Jubilee Room, 6 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000

Attendance for this parliamentary forum has now been fully allocated and RSVP for the event has now closed. 

To add your name to the waiting list please contact info@cotansw.com.au

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