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Mental Health Month: Queensland has highest rate of suicide in Australia

EIGHT Australians are taking their own life each day – a deeply disturbing statistic. The annual suicide rate climbed to more than 3000 deaths for the first time in 2015 – and unfortunately this bleak snapshot is compounded by a new survey finding that more than 80 per cent of Australians believe our society is becoming a lonelier place. Queensland ... Read More »

Accurate data essential for psychological abortion assistance

Abortion effects

THERE are claims that a parliamentary inquiry into decriminalising abortion in Queensland is not being provided with accurate data to assist fair decision-making. At public briefing sessions on July 12 and 13, the inquiry heard from experts about the psychological impacts post abortion, if abortion is not available, and the extent of counselling and support services for women. State Member ... Read More »

EOFY: Ministry to mentally ill “a beacon of hope”

St Patrick's Church

BEHIND St Patrick’s Church in Fortitude Valley there is a centre that does good, indeed holy work.  It’s called the Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care centre and it’s one of Centacare’s pastoral ministries. The centre is a place where people who suffer from a psychiatric illness can learn new skills, grow in their faith and form true friendships.  It’s a beacon of ... Read More »

Ex-service chaplain: Australian veterans suicide rate are “tragic”

Soldier on guard

IT’S a shocking, whispered truth about our modern military – far more of our veterans take their own lives after returning home than are killed during overseas operations. In the last few weeks, two more veterans took their own lives – the toll is more than 260 since 1988, compared to 46 listed as fatalities in conflict, according to the ... Read More »

Writings offer road to healing from wounds

“DON’T underestimate God’s love and the power of the Gospel when it comes to recovery from life’s traumas.” Brisbane military chaplain and Jubilee parish deacon, Peter Devenish-Meares, has this key message at the heart of two of his contributions recently published in respected Australian and US journals. Completing a doctorate on the topic, his specific focus is the importance of ... Read More »

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