Mental health patients facing cuts to crucial services amid funding uncertainty: experts

Published on ABC Radio Australia, Updated 24 March 2015, 10:50 AEDT by medical reporter Sophie Scott Thousands of Australians seeking help for mental health problems face growing uncertainty because ongoing federal funding for hundreds of contracts has not been guaranteed after June 30. Seventy mental health groups, including Mental Health Australia, Headspace, and the Black Dog Institute have written an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Health Minister Sussan …

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Greens launch plan for better rural mental health

ABC Rural By Anna Vidot 21 August 2013 The Greens have launched their policy for rural mental health, calling for an additional $550 million for the sector over four years. The policy includes funding for more flexible and community-based care for regional Australians, better services, better training for people in regional communities, and better outreach programs. The eight-point plan is the result of consultations conducted by Greens mental health spokeswoman, …

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MYTHS EXPOSED: Stopping smoking does not make your mental illness worse!

Dr Mark Ragg Smoking is more common among people with mental illness than among the general population (32% versus under 20%). However, that broad statement is too simple for a complex situation. There are significant differences in smoking rates between people with different mental illnesses. Lack of knowledge and ambivalence about addressing smoking in people with mental illness has contributed to this higher rate of smoking which in turn contributes …

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Skills for Psychological Recovery: basic and effective strategies to manage common psychological issues following disaster

Workshop A significant proportion of people experience a range of psychological issues and distress in the months after a disaster. Many of the people affected in this way can be assisted by primary care and mental health professionals using brief but effective strategies. The Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) protocol was developed as an evidence-informed resource for use by health and mental health personnel of varying backgrounds and qualifications. The …

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Youth Ask the South Australian Government Not to Close Down Eating Disorder Unit

Young people have asked the South Australian government not to risk their lives by closing an eating disorder unit. As parliament sat for the second time this year, a second protest mounted the steps of parliament house to complain about Premier Mike Rann’s government. On Monday, it was more than 50 logging trucks and a thousand people protesting plans to sell off future forestry harvests. On Tuesday, Georgia Taylor, 22, …

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The federal government says it is spending more than ever before on mental health services

The federal government says it is spending more than ever before on mental health services but admits it can do better.Mental Health Minister Mark Butler said the National Mental Health Report 2010 showed total mental health spending by governments and private insurers rose by 10 per cent in real terms to $5.32 billion. The report incorporates data for 2007-08, covering the final period of the former government and the first …

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US Research – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report

Researchers of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported on Nov 18 that in 2009, 45 million, or 20 percent, of adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. suffered from some mental disorder or mental illness in the past year. Among those with mental illness, 11 million or 4.8 percent had a serious mental illness.The report determined that women were more likely than men to suffer mental …

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