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News and research bulletin - 11/03/16

 
 
News:
 
Sudden infant death syndrome: EU researchers have developed a mattress that aims to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, through a monitoring system that detects significant changes to a sleeping baby’s biological parameters. Read more.

Stillbirths: Improvements in HIV and Aids polices, enhanced nutrition and increased healthcare standards have all been cited as explanations as South Africa has announced a 22% fall in stillbirths since 2001. Read more.

Bereavement support: Scottish MSP Graeme Pearson has called for Holyrood to fund a national support service for families bereaved by murder and culpable homicide. A specialist service has operated in England and Wales since 2010. Read more.

Suicide: Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals that Australia’s suicide rate has risen significantly from 10.9 deaths per 100,000 in 2013 to 12 per 100,000 in 2014. This rate is the highest level since 2001. Read more.
 
This week's major discussion point:
Statistics from Australia have revealed a shocking overall rise in suicides, particularly in rural Aboriginal groups. The tragic news that a 10 year old Aboriginal girl took her own life earlier this week has further highlighted a suicide crisis in Indigenous communities, where rates are significantly higher than the national level. What steps need to be taken to reduce this rate and what support should be offered to affected communities?
 
Research:

From the University of Connecticut: A study of ninth grade students in Connecticut found that those given exposure to the Signs of Suicide prevention programme were 64% less likely to report a suicide attempt in the following 3 months than those in a control group. Read more.

Childhood bereavement: Academics using Danish National Register data have found that children exposed to the loss of a parent or sibling after the age of 11 were more likely to develop type 1 diabetes than unexposed children. Read more.
 
Initiatives:

Epilepsy: The Epilepsy Society (UK) have launched a petition to secure a National Clinical Audit of avoidable death in epilepsy, with the charity campaigning to ensure that care is equal across the country. Read more.

Suicide prevention: Following statistics revealing that suicide is the leading killer of men aged under 45 in the county, Kent County Council (UK) have announced a new support campaign entitled 'Release the Pressure'. Read more.

Bereavement leave: A coalition of UK bereavement support organisations has gained more than 100,000 signatures on a petition established to campaign for better bereavement leave for parents following the death of a child. Read more.
 
Events:

National Suicide Prevention Conference
Canberra, Australia - 24-27 July 2016

Taking Your Bereavement Understanding to a New Level
London, United Kingdom - 26 May 2016 and 20 September 2016

The Compassionate Friends National Gathering 2016
Northampton, United Kingdom - 7-9 October 2016
 
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