The epidemic that we cannot ignore: the suicide rate of Australian men jumps when 30,000 ambulances are summoned to attend them every year
- New data show that suicide calls are three times higher than previously thought
- The revelation came when a new investigation used ambulance data and not just hospital data
- Only 14 percent of paramedics said they were well trained for mental health
- Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard said it shows how little we know about mental health
Every year, more than 30,000 ambulances are broadcast for Australian men trying to beat their lives – with an emphasis on the rising speed of male suicides.
The latest figures show that 82 ambulances were called per day between July 2015 and June 2016, more than three times what the data from the hospital's emergency department had previously recorded.
Current national figures show that six Australian men take their lives every day, a figure that Movember & # 39; s Brendan Maher said is both & # 39; devastating and unacceptable & # 39 ;.
More than 30,000 ambulances have just been declared this year for Australian men who risked their lives, more than three times the aforementioned amount
The significant increase in callouts is partly due to the way in which suicide was previously registered, with the hospital's emergency department being able to give only one reason for treating the patient.
That often meant that the physical injury caused by a suicide attempt was mentioned as the reason for the emergency – rather than the person's mental health problems.
The figures come from a study known as Beyond the emergency situation, supported by Beyond Blue and Movember, who looked specifically at ambulance data and it said painted a more realistic look at the male mental health crisis.
Beyond Blue Chair and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard said it shows & # 39; what we know about male suicide is just the tip of the iceberg & # 39;
& # 39; This research tells us that suicide-related presentations to our health services by men tripled when measured on the basis of ambulance data instead of just hospital data, & quot; Beyond Blue Chair and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
& # 39; It tells us that what we know about suicide among men is just the tip of the iceberg. & # 39;
The figures also emphasized that only 14 percent of paramedics received extensive training for mental health presentations, and two out of three felt they were unable to talk to patients about their problems.
Paramedics also reported a lack of training in dealing with patients under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and were often unable to read how much of their behavior was due to what they had consumed as opposed to their mental health.
The problem was considered particularly worrying because two out of three cases relate to a patient under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Tony Walker, the CEO of Ambulance Victoria, said the report showed the extent and complexity of male suicide.
The new figures show that between July 2015 and June 2016, 82 ambulances were called per day
& # 39; We have significantly increased patient training in these situations in recent years, but we recognize that we have more to do both in staff training and in exploring the best healthcare models for people & # 39 ;, said Walker.
Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman said the new figures revealed & # 39; the urgent need for system reform & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We must stop the revolving door from acute presentations to hospital emergency departments by appreciating more and investing more in community support and alternative pathways to deal with immediate crises & she said.
Turning Point and Monash University Professor Dan Lubman, who led the research project, agreed that there should be more sensitive and flexible ways to help suicidal men.
& # 39; If they do not have life-threatening injuries, they should not be in emergency room, but paramedics believe they have too few alternatives, & # 39; said Professor Lubman. & # 39; Our paramedics need more support and people with acute psychological problems or who are suicidal need better care models. & # 39;
Only 14 percent of paramedics said they were well-trained for mental health and experts have called for more training
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