Family carers having homicidal thoughts about their loved one with dementia is a “real and significant phenomenon” according to world-first Australian research, which reaffirms the profound pressures facing carers.
It is important that we take time to acknowledge family carers – the people who really have the toughest job in the country – and explore how we might better support them in their role, writes Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer.
Are we inadvertently responsible for the high numbers of Australians dying through suicide in old age, asks Dr Roderick McKay.
A “small but significant” proportion of female carers experience death thoughts, a forthcoming study will show, adding to the growing body of evidence on suicide-related thoughts and behaviours in carers.
New research findings from the University of Western Australia suggests that the suicide rate among the older cohort could be reduced if seniors with depression and anxiety were screened for the presence of suicidal thoughts.
Suicide Prevention Australia encourages the aged care community to be mindful of the fact that men over 75 years old are a high risk suicide group.
More older Australians live with chronic pain than what we think. And more also committ suicide as a result, an expert has warned.
A Senate Committee Inquiry into suicide in Australia has recommended that the government should do more to prevent suicides, especially amoung high risk groups.
The department has made a commitment to improve mental health services following the release of a report into suicide in the ex-service community.
Primary healthcare professionals do not pay enough attention to the mental health of elderly patients, according to recent American research.