Log in with your email address username.

×

Important notice

doctorportal Learning is on the move as we will be launching a new website very shortly. If you would like to sign up to dp Learning now to register for CPD learning or to use our CPD tracker, please email support@doctorportal.com.au so we can assist you. If you are already signed up to doctorportal Learning, your login will work in the new site so you can continue to enrol for learning, complete an online module, or access your CPD tracker report.

To access and/or sign up for other resources such as Jobs Board, Bookshop or InSight+, please go to www.mja.com.au, or click the relevant menu item and you will be redirected.

All other doctorportal services, such as Find A Doctor, are no longer available.

Let children cry

- Featured Image

To the Editor: We believe that Jureidini1 challenges one of the fundamental ethical principles of medicine; namely, a doctor’s duty to relieve suffering whenever possible. While we willingly accept this principle when dealing with physical pain, why should it be called into question when dealing with mental suffering? For young people and families directly affected by suicidal behaviour, social isolation, exclusion from education and employment, and worsening mental and physical health, a staged approach to intervention is entirely appropriate.2

We now have extensive evidence from epidemiological and clinical studies that mental disorders affect more than 50% of young people during their transition to adulthood.3,4 When clinically significant, these disorders result directly in premature death, widespread disability, failure to reach potential, and huge economic costs.2

In Australia, headspace services2 and other online psychological and social support options (eg, http://www.eheadspace.org.au; http://www.youthbeyondblue.com;

email