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Petrie Wheeler-Lill

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Is suicide awareness a topic that is being neglected too much? Or is it tabooed for "PC Reasons"? When is enough enough?

In Australia, the ABC Tv Station recently ran a story on the subject of suicide awareness and a side-story on narcotics contribution. The show was nearly prevented from going to air because of "sensitivity and political correctness" concerns which ended up involving the High Courts. As someone who was suffered suicidal depression and lost family members to suicide, I find the "tabooing" of the subject wrong. In Australia, for example, newspapers are not allowed to report suicides as such: for censorship reasons they MUST be reported as "unsuspicious circumstances" - severe fines apply. Psychologists/Psychiatrists are not allowed to use the word around patients or patients' families for concerns best known to whoever decided on that regulation. And a similar story regarding depression, which in Australia affects 4 out of every 5 males and 1 out of every 3 females.

So when does this negligence and political correctness become overly excessive? Why is it that despite the growing suicide rate (which stands worldwide currently of one person every 30s), people are not prepared to try and do anything. In England ad campaigns are run to raise awareness: but IS THIS ENOUGH? How to we stop something when we cannot even mention it in conversation? Are we complicit as a silent community trying to avoid "that which must not be named"? How do we try and turn this situation around?

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  • Sep 23 2012: Depression and suicide will not be solved with ad campaigns.
    Our social and economic models see the people as consumers or producers, just a resource waiting to be harnessed. In my opinion, this is a modern slavery model.
    It will be solved with people like you that really care for others.

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