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Teen boys and suicide

Fri 15 April 16

Parents of teenage boys across WA anguished at the news this week of eight suspected teen suicides in recent months across the Rockingham and Harvey regions. Talking and reporting about suicide has historically been a taboo subject – best not to talk about in case it “puts thoughts into people’s heads”. But, as researchers continue to try to answer some difficult questions related to why teens choose to attempt/complete suicide, the focus has turned to reporting ethically and appropriately on the highly emotive subject. The cluster of suspected suicides in Perth’s southern region included three male friends who died within three weeks of one another, one attending his friend’s funeral before taking his own life. While distraught parents, friends and Click here to continue reading.

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