Placing too much emphasis on medical intervention when it comes to preventing youth suicide risks isolating those at risk who do not experience mental illness, an inquiry has heard.
Menslink ACT chief executive Martin Fisk said more than half of the teenagers and men who approach his organisation with thoughts of suicide are on the autism spectrum, a brief review of its case notes had revealed.
And half of people who approached with thoughts of suicide had experienced a recent stressful life event, such as a relationship breakup or the loss of a job, Mr Fisk said. Of those, less than half had a mental illness.
Read more at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/medical-interventions-for-suicide-risk-isolating-those-without-mental-illness-inquiry-hears-20160324-gnqer6