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- Demetriou: Drug policy has saved AFL players' lives
- Salvos frustrated by students' undercover homeless stunt
- A must-listen insight into the pressures our paramedics face
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- Craig Thomson dumps Julia Gillard: the ultimate insult
- Marijuana legalisation for medical use?
- Father demands answers after five year old goes missing on school bus
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- bc on Demetriou: Drug policy has saved AFL ... old fat car again wheres the thrid strike tuck caught by the police not the afl nobody ever hears about three strikers ... more
- Andrew on Demetriou: Drug policy has saved AFL ... So a player can have two strikes and no coach is aware of it. What would happen if that player goes to another club - that ... more
- Erzsebet on Melbourne mother & daughter's breast ... Jane is a very dear friend of mine and her experiences are a fine example of strength and determination to prevent any ... more
- Matt - proudly Un-Australian on Demetriou: Drug policy has saved AFL ... After a disastrous report who do you turn to? Your number 1 fanboy in the media, chief puppet Mitchell. The game is awash ... more
- Margaret on A must-listen insight into the ... We have 2 paramedics in our family. They both complain about people who call an ambulance then block emergency rooms with ... more
- Shane W on Salvos frustrated by students' ... Just thick, what more can you say? more
- Peggy on A must-listen insight into the ... We depend on paramedics to be the difference between life and death and we don't give them the necessary tools to do their ... more
- attn mr & ms work snob on A must-listen insight into the ... That's just typical of the jumped up, blue quasi labourers.In the last 20 years since gentrification,these so called ... more
- Peter on Father demands answers after five year ... Why are the parents letting a five your old in prep, travel on the school bus without supervision from his older sibling who ... more
- kelly on A must-listen insight into the ... lets try to remember that the paramedics we rely on so much are HUMAN, with human reactions and emotions....and stop ... more
- Melbourne Parameic on A must-listen insight into the ... I'm a paramedic with Ambulance Victoria and I want to thank "Al" for coming forward with his personal experiences working as ... more
- sharon on Father demands answers after five year ... The bus driver and the company are ok. I think the parents are thinking of what could have happend. BUT ALL IS WELL THAT ... more
- Steve on Father demands answers after five year ... The Parents should have been at the child's bus stop. When the kid didn't get off then ask the bus driver where he is before ... more
- Wayne on A must-listen insight into the ... I agree 100% I to was a Paramedic for 17 years, I had signs and symptoms of burn out and PTSD in 2000, QAS didn't help and ... more
- lorraine on Father demands answers after five year ... the buses are diesel the boy is a preppie and it is a big day for all these little ones its a long day for them more
- Mark on Father demands answers after five year ... Wow I didn't know we where using American school buses in Victoria, so who was picking up the 5 year old when they got to ... more
- Dorothy Cherry on A must-listen insight into the ... How true are these words after 35yrs in the health system a cuppa and a good talk was the best thing to help you sleep when ... more
- Jane on Father demands answers after five year ... don't people realise that it's just not practical for all parents, especially in rural areas, to pick up and drop off their ... more
- Ross on A must-listen insight into the ... Beautifully said Al. Thank you. I too have flashbacks of certain smells and sights after only five years in the job. The ... more
- Fanto J Weir on Father demands answers after five year ... PTV is the official body regulating these matters.No comment appears to have been sought from them. more
Heart-wrenching story of daughter's suicide
Warren Penpraze’s daughter, Olivia, was 19 when she tragically committed suicide last week. But it wasn’t until after logging onto her computer that he found a detailed trail of her depression.
Warren and his wife, Kellie, were aware that Olivia had been battling depression for the past five years, but weren’t aware of her candid blogs and videos in which she spoke about her wish to commit suicide.
What Warren found most disturbing, was the comments from fellow bloggers egging Olivia on.
Speaking with Nick McCallum, Warren said Olivia had been posting under an alias, so they weren’t able to monitor her posts.
Warren said that he wished Olivia’s friends who were aware of her blog had come to them before it was too late.
”I don't hold any grudges against these kids. They need somewhere to go and vent and write their inner thoughts,” Warren Penpraze told Nick McCallum.
”You just wish they were able to come back to you and tell you.”
For help or information visit beyondblue.org.au, call Suicide Helpline Victoria on 1300 651 251, or Lifeline on 131 114.
LISTEN: Nick McCallum’s heart-wrenching interview with Warren Penpraze, whose 19-year-old daughter committed suicide last week:
It frustrates me to no end that people have the audacity to blame those who followed her blog and knew what she was suffering through. I know for a fact there were many people who tried all they could to save her, depression is an illness which takes over your mind, over your thoughts and it is near impossible to rid of these thoughts once you have it in your mind. Also, this was more than bullying, it was mental illness for goodness sakes, wake up to yourselves. There is nobody to blame except mental illness, it's harsh blaming all her followers for this.Name withheld Saturday 29 September, 2012 - 4:45 PM
Reine you have no understanding of depression and what does Africa n Iraq have to do with it. They are sick and hungry so what does that mean they are all depressed? Pull your head in n get your f******g head read, you are the trolls we are talking about.. rest on peace Olivia Il never forget you xxzeb Wednesday 29 August, 2012 - 12:55 PM
Really Reine. Just because she dosnt live in Iraq, dosn't mean her life was fine. To be constantly picked on getting told you should kill your self is a really hard. You need to have a hard look at your self. You should feel sorry for Olivia. She was amazing and a beautiful girl. R.I.P Olivia. Hope your in a better place away from all those cruel peopleAidan Thursday 23 August, 2012 - 4:45 PM
The last comment made is disgusting. We live in countries where we have homes, clothes, food and occasionally some freedom. We don't live in Iraq, but that's not our fault. There are all forms of suffering, just because one doesn't suffer war doesn't mean one doesn't suffer. Reine obviously hasn't ever had to deal with depression or is just a cruel uptight cow. When someone gets bullied to the point where they have no confidence what so ever to then feeling like they don't even need to exist, it's one of the most horrible feelings ever. Parents are hardly aware of their children's lives these days, society has been broken, families no longer exist and connection is gone. Children need support and it's someone else's child who has caused another child to kill themselves. Think about that. People who think these kids are being ungrateful and soft. Get into their situation. Maybe the world would be better off without people like you.Crystal Tuesday 21 August, 2012 - 12:04 AM
Really Reine? Why would you bother saying something like that? Some people have a mental illness and they do suffer.. Having been through depression myself,its not like they chose to be depressed. Maybe someone needs to drop you an Africa.. heartlessKim Monday 20 August, 2012 - 4:42 PM
HELLO! Everyones suffering is relative, don't you dare think you can sit there and judge peoples suffering on a scale of 1-10.
Obviously Reine you have not known anyone close with a mental illness or have been through anything like that yourself. Depression is so hard, any form of mental illness is such a struggle, it doesn't have to do with how rich or poor you are. I was brought up on the poverty line and when I was diagnosed with mental illness it had NOTHING to do with how poor my family was. It was spawned from being emotionally abused. Again, everyones suffering is relative. It's people like you who make people like us feel alone when we need support.rosa Sunday 19 August, 2012 - 10:44 PM