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Monday 16th of September 2019 (UTC)

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I’m not an expert, no one is; there are an arc of issues

Gerry Georgatos – I have written more than 500 articles on the suicide crises and suicide prevention in the last several years. Over decades, visited hundreds of towns, cities, communities Australia wide, working alongside thousands of individuals trauma and suicide affected. However, though I am regularly referred to as a suicide prevention expert I do […]

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Just children, heaven’s door

Sleeping from trees, mouths of graveyards wait Low lying fruit idly by, Pray for heaven’s door Pale light, last sight   The hangman quivers And the Medes build gallows, Snares And gilded cages   Barons and conquerors, conquistadors salute Bloody Marys hail Missionary fervours gale Pied Pipers wisp and drown   The children are framed […]

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Categories Arts & Letters
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Suicides, the majority preventable

In the last several weeks a father of three who hailed relatively recent from India, suicides. So too a young father of one, Indian born. They are two of six this year, who migrated relatively recently from the subcontinent, whose families have reached out, following their suicides. And so too an Eritrean mother, South Sudanese […]

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Categories General News, Health and Wellness
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“You do listen” but Governments don’t, and preventable suicides escalate

In the fog of my memories the deep cut through the mist is the connectedness, the meeting of people. One community I have had much to do with but had not been to until only several years ago is Beagle Bay. A beautiful sub-tropical pristine community of 400 residents. There is no police station, no […]

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Phillinka Powdrill – the majority of suicides were preventable

Gerry Georgatos – Lena Andrews thinks of her daughter, Phillinka, every day. Phillinka, eighteen years old, died by suicide in the Kimberley’s Fitzroy. The services failed Phillinka. No-one but her family was there for her. Phillinka ended it all by hanging, on October 18, 2014. Lena and her family were not supported. It was all […]

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Robodebt suicide, 19-year-old mum

Gerry Georgatos – A Robodebt contributed to the death by suicide of a 19 year-old-mother. Stressors and suicide are always the story. Society is defined by the sum of its relationships, and many relationships are that classist, racist, sexist, ableist, ageist that we devastate people. Australia is heading once again to 3,000 suicides. Once again, Australia […]

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“They came through the gate with my boy’s body more than six hours later”

By Gerry Georgatos – “They took my boy’s body away. I wanted to go with my son. They left us behind. They didn’t care to listen.” “They just looked at us. They flew off, right in our faces.” “They left us behind.” “They just left us,” said mother, Gwen Sturt. Through the night, with torrid rains […]

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If there is deficit, there is surplus – harm economics

Gerry Georgatos – Where there is deficit, somewhere else there is surplus. In economical terms someone’s deficit is someone else’s unfair gain. That’s greed economics and underwrites income inequalities. I describe greed economics as harm economics, and which culminates in high suicide tolls and rates. The majority of suicides are the direct result of socioeconomic […]

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Nearly 1,000 suicides of migrant born Australians

Gerry Georgatos – It has taken years for an at long last acknowledgement of the fact that nearly one-third of Australia’s suicides are of migrant born Australians, with a significant proportion relatively newly arrived. I have been writing relentlessly for years about the harrowing high number of suicides of the migrant-born and of the children […]

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100 dead by suicide

Gerry Georgatos – More suicides so far this year, than this time last year while the Commonwealth & COAG talk but do little. As of the first day of August, I estimate that 1700 Australians have been lost to suicide, more than this time last year. But what I indisputably do know that as of […]

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Categories General News, Social Policy
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