Advice and Support

An Introduction

Most people reported as missing are found safe and well, with almost half found within 48 hours, however, there are many people who are still missing. Information about missing persons, emotional impact, professional help and support services, helping with the search and personal arrangements.

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Dementia, Wandering and Missing Persons

Information about dementia, wandering and Alzheimer's disease, including types of dementia, how dementia affects behaviour, and tracking devices for wanderers.

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Missing Persons and Suicide

Some people go missing with the intention of committing suicide. Includes assessing the risks of suicide and the association between suicide and mental illness, such as depression.

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Located Missing Persons

Missing persons are generally located and returned to their concerned families. There are times when a person is located deceased and distressing emotions may be experienced during this time. Includes identification assistance of any unidentified deceased persons via DNA.

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Working with the Media

Media is often used if a young child or elderly person is missing and there are grave concerns for their safety and wellbeing. Includes a Media Guide to inform about media behaviour and expectations, talking to the media, and dealing with intrusive media.

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Social Media

Social media is a powerful communication tool and can assist to raise immediate attention and awareness of missing person cases in the community.

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