Australia is home
AUSTRALIA now faces its most turbulent and worrying times as we have now moved into the crosshairs of terrorism.
This is not overstating the era we have now moved into.
Yes, I admit I have never been a great supporter of Tony Abbott, but what his government has achieved with stopping the illegal entry of boat people has been a good move, even if it's a bit like closing the gate after the horse has bolted.
Immigration since World War II to Australia has been hugely successful as migrants from all over have fitted into the Aussie lifestyle.
As a migrant myself, along with millions of others, I have made Australia my home and raised three kids who have added to Australia, not taken away.
If problems arose in England, there is no way I would head back there as this is home and this is what our latest immigrants have to learn. CHARLIE GIBSON, Mandurah. grab the attention of young people.
There are several short animated videos, which will be pushed out into the social media space on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram over the coming weeks.
The message is that brains are weird.
They can keep you awake at night, stop you going out, make it hard for you to concentrate and keep you on edge.
The videos encourage young people to go to www.youthbeyondblue.com to find out why their brain is making their life difficult and where they can go for help.
We also have specific information for parents about how to recognise signs of depression and anxiety, and how to talk to their adolescent children about issues that may be bothering them.
It's a sad fact that despite the efforts of many organisations like Beyondblue, Headspace and Batyr, young people continue to take their lives.
In fact, latest figures show that 350 young people aged 15 to 24 died by suicide in 2013.
That is 350 too many. That means 350 devastated families, and countless bereaved friends and acquaintances.
For people who are concerned about the mental health of their teenage children, please have a look at the Beyondblue website at www.beyondblue.org.au, which has loads of free information for parents, including family guide to youth suicide prevention, parents' guide to depression and anxiety in young people, and videos on how to have the conversation with your young person.
If you need more advice or just someone to talk to about your concerns, please call the Beyondblue Support Service on 1300 224 636, which is staffed by mental health professionals 24/7, or you or your child can chat live online with staff between 3pm and midnight AEST at www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport. JEFF KENNETT, Chairman, Beyondblue.