Moreton North Suicide Prevention Network presents Forum on Suicide Prevention for Older Australians.
Guest Speakers include
Louise Adcock is from Toowoomba Older Men’s Network which gives opportunities for mateship, social connection and strategies for coping with grief after loss.
Trish Carroll from Elders Matter which provides older people, families and carers counselling & support.
Cliff Sweetman is a strong advocate for building resilience in the community. He has developed the concept “Immunising Self and Communities Against Suicide” which focused on early prevention and intervention.
Alan Woodward has held executive positions with Lifeline for 10 years and contributed to national service development and performance of the crisis helpline and other Lifeline suicide prevention services. He is currently the board director for Suicide Prevention Australia
Men over the age of 85 are more likely to die by suicide than Australians of any other age group, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The suicide rate for men aged 85 and older was 37.6 per 100,000 in 2012, more than triple the national rate.
The director of old age psychiatry at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, David Burke, said the main cause is depression. "A significant number do become depressed - we think somewhere between 10 and 20 per cent of people in old age suffer from depression at some time after the age of about 60 or 65."
"The biggest one is probably loss ... through bereavement. People often lose their spouse and lose their friends.
"It has to do with loss of roles sometimes, with people retiring and not finding a new level of functioning in the community.
"It has to do with issues like social isolation and it's also often related in old age to physical illness.
"So people with acute and with chronic physical illnesses can often become depressed in association with that."