GPs ready for Suicide Watch

HORRIFIC Australian suicide statistics have prompted doctors to launch a new and confronting campaign targeting one of Australia's biggest killers.

At least one Queenslander a day commits suicide and the Suicide Watch initiative has been launched to urge anyone having trouble seeing a way forward to see or phone their GP for urgent help.

The campaign is in response to concerns for the mental health of Queenslanders following last summer's floods and Cyclone Yasi.

AMA Queensland President Dr Richard Kidd said with the one-year anniversary of both natural disasters fast approaching it was important to reinforce the message to people across the state that help was at hand.

"GPs are trained to deal with these situations and we want Queenslanders to know they can be open with their family doctor," Dr Kidd said.

Almost 500 Queenslanders will take their life in the next 12 months.

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