Mental Health one of the top three issues facing young Australia

Young people have put the spotlight on mental health in a new survey, naming it as one of the top three issues facing Australia. Mission Australia’s Youth Survey this year found concerns about mental health across the country have doubled since 2011. About 22,000 young people aged 15 to 19 took part in the survey and more than 20 per cent cited mental health as among their top national issues. …

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Prescription for a healthy Australia: Cut salt levels, save thousands of lives

Dramatically cutting salt levels in processed foods sold in Australia could save an estimated 3500 lives each year by reducing cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney disease, according to a new report. Reducing the population’s salt intake by 30 per cent was among ten policies proposed by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration to reduce the burden of preventable chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer and mental illness, which affect one in two Australians. Under its prescription for a …

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Australia in the middle of “mental health crisis” with unnecessary deaths escalating

The Age Australia is in the grip of a mental health “crisis” that is leading to the unnecessary deaths of thousands, former Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry says. In a passionate plea to new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Professor McGorry said if the government doubled the amount it spent on the direct care of people with mental illness, it would “be enough” to resolve the crisis. Suicide is the leading cause …

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Harry Lovelock from Australian Psychological Society to present on forced adoption

Harry Lovelock, Senior Executive Manager at the Australian Psychological Society will present at the 16th International Mental Health Conference at QT Hotel, Gold Coast 12-14 August 2015. Abstract Title: Forced adoption and the ripple effect Abstract: The forced removal of children was the subject of a Prime Ministerial Apology in 2012 with state government apologies following thereafter. The mothers, fathers and children who were impacted by these practices have faced multiple systemic barriers …

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Midsized business burnout and mental health policies

Article original title ‘Burning Out Midsized Companies’ published by Business News Brisbane 6 May 2015 Burnout has been singled out as the major threat to Australia’s mid-sized business leaders, with investment in mental health policies rather than salaries being key to counteracting this. Leaders spread too thin, over-competitive environments and technological advances have been highlighted out as driving this sector – which employs almost a quarter of all working Australians …

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A nation’s shame of homeless heroes: Modern-day Anzacs left destitute after suffering PTSD

Published by The Daily Telegraph 27 April 2015 by Bruce McDougall They are Australia’s shame — the modern-day Anzacs who served their country in wars and have been left broken, destitute and often sleeping rough on the streets. At least 3000 damaged young war veterans are battling mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency, relationship breakdowns and often ­suicide. After years of serving their country in the forces, many of them …

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Mental Health and the Australian Population

In the E‐Mental Health Strategy for Australia, released by the Federal Government in 2012, the following statistics were provided; “Approximately 17.2 per cent or 3.8 million Australians are estimated to be affected by mental illness in any one year – meaning that they experience symptoms at diagnostic levels, for either brief or extended periods.  This estimate excludes dementia and alcohol/drug-related disorders, except where these are concurrent with a mental disorder. …

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