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Phone and online helpline services: On the Line trends Jul-Sep 2021

As Australia gradually opens up and life is transitioning to ‘living with COVID’, On the Line is looking at the trends across our counselling services during the first quarter of this financial year.

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“Look after your mental health, Australia” – World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is on 10 October. The campaign this year has a simple message: Look after your mental health, Australia.

ABS Causes of Death data shows a decrease in suicide rate

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Causes of Death data for 2020 has reported a decrease in the number of suicide deaths. The national suicide rate at 12.1 per 100,000 people is the lowest since 2016.

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National Suicide Prevention Advisers Final Report focuses on early intervention

The National Suicide Prevention Adviser, Christine Morgan, has delivered the Final Advice report that addresses suicide prevention in Australia. The Final Advice report calls for a focus on prevention and early intervention with more integrated services.

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Suicide prevention helplines trends 2020 v 2019

At On the Line, we’ve looked at our caller data for the past two years across our suicide prevention phone and online counselling helplines. View to see the highlighted trends.

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On the Line’s helpline services are open throughout December

This year has been challenging for many Australians. As we’re trying to rebuild our lives and look after our mental health, please remember that our professional counselling team will be here throughout December to help you through any issues you may be experiencing. Our helplines are a free service with most open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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On the Line Annual Report FY20

On the Line has released its annual report for the financial year 2020. This year has been a challenging time for many Australians. During this period, telephone and online counselling helplines have played a greater support role for those struggling with their wellbeing and mental health.

ABS Causes of Death 2019 data shows an increase in suicide

Causes of Death data for 2019 data shows there were 3,318 deaths by suicide, compared to 3,138 deaths in 2018. All states and territories, except for Queensland, had a rise in the number of suicide deaths.

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Single sessions and multi-sessions counselling

SuicideLine Victoria now provides single session and multi-session counselling services to all callers and online counselling users. Find out more.

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Men’s mental health trends July and August 2020

According to a recent Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey, Australians have reported experiencing feelings associated with poorer emotional and mental wellbeing during August. At MensLine Australia August had the highest number of calls received over a six month period. Calls related to COVID-19 also increased by 26% compared to the previous month.