Australia is home

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.

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