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Suicide among aged care residents a major concern, action needed

Mental health in aged care is a topic that has come to the forefront of discussion as the royal commission progressed last year.

It is estimated that half of all aged care residents exhibit symptoms consistent with depression, and typically those who currently reside in aged care facilities have low mental health literacy, so identifying issues can be problematic.

Unfortunately, this issue is often neglected as it is assumed that depression comes with old age.

More concerning is suicide among aged care residents. Researchers say that between the year 2000 and 2013, 140 residents took their own lives.

A recently published study by academics from Monash University has put forward 11 recommendations for the prevention of suicide among aged care residents.

Professor Joseph Ibrahim joined Aged Care Insite to talk about the study.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 and Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 (up to age 25). 

More information about mental health is available at Beyond Blue.

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One comment

  1. Is this a preferred outcome for the current government?