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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Australia’s mental health system not meeting demand, should focus on self-help: report

Tues 11 March 2014 – ABC NEWS A new report is calling for a major re-think of Australia’s mental health system, which it says is not meeting demand. The Crossroads report was prepared by Ernst and Young and the ReachOut online youth mental health service for the Inspire Foundation. It found nearly one in two adult Australians have experienced mental illness, but less than half have received the help they …

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Seclusion, restraint of mental health patients can fuel fears, ACT forum told

Locking a distressed person in a padded cell when they are hearing voices could be the worst possible treatment, a conference in Canberra has been told. But the ACT is leading the nation in changing the culture of isolating mental health patients. The practice of seclusion and restraint of mental health patients was put under the spotlight at a national forum hosted by the ACT at the Shine Dome. The …

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Illawarra mental health group praised by world renowned expert

ABC News by Justin Huntsdale 14/08/13 An Illawarra-based youth mental health service has been recognised for creating a positive change in mental health perception in the Illawarra by leading mental health researcher and Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry. Mind Blank Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that has been touring schools over 2012/2013 with an innovative program called SCUBA that helps put mental health issues into a live theatre performance. …

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