This week's Four Corners again drew our attention to youth suicide. As is often the case with the media, it focused on the latest cluster of deaths, this time in Melbourne's south-east, and dwelt heavily on the "human interest" of intensely personal tragedies and their impacts on families, friends and communities.

And so, as is also usually the case, the program missed the opportunity to explore the deeper dimensions of what is happening to young people's health and well-being. The failure is understandable. You won't get this perspective from psychiatrists and psychologists, for whom suicidal behaviour is an individual illness requiring treatment. You won't get it from governments, who take their cue from medical professionals.