One Stop Shop for Mental Health Services Moves Australia’s Mental Health Care Online

People suffering mental problems will from today be able to get help from a one stop mental health service combining help from 26 mental health providers including Headspace, Beyond Blue and Mind Frame. Health Minister Greg Hunt will launch the comprehensive Head to Health website that includes access to free or low-cost apps, online support communities, online courses and phone services. One in five Australians experience a mental health problems every year …

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The wellbeing cost of mental health hits $200 billion

The cost of mental illness to Australia’s wellbeing has hit $200 billion a year – equivalent to about 12 per cent of the economy’s annual output. The Herald-Lateral Economics Index of Australia’s Wellbeing – which provides a better measure of changes in national welfare than traditional economic data – shows the drag on our collective wellbeing caused by mental illness is worth $40 billion more than a decade ago. The index’s author, Dr …

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More mental health support desperately needed in rural areas.

An outpouring of support has been shown for a mother who keeps her 16-year old daughter in a “safe room”, with the latest reports indicating the daughter is currently in hospital after threatening her family with a knife. Stephanie lives in rural NSW with two siblings and her mother Emma Parrey, who told Today Tonight Adelaide recently that she has to lock her daughter in a plywood-lined bedroom each night …

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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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WA’s homeless services “struggling” with mental health challenges

WA Today Youth advocates have expressed grave concerns about services for the homeless, with many “struggling” to provide adequate support for those also living with mental health issues. The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia held a summit last week, to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day, with the aim of raising awareness about homelessness and mental health concerns among young people. “When you think of homelessness, you think of homeless men,” YACWA ambassador Annabeth Bateman …

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Young women are suffering a mental health crisis

Originally published by The New Daily, 8 September 2015 New evidence has revealed that young women suffer staggering rates of sleeplessness is reportedly symptomatic of a far deeper, more troubling problem of mental health decline being ignored by the system. On Monday, a study by Roy Morgan Research revealed that twice the percentage of women (16%) suffered from insomnia than men (8%). Of all age groups, the greatest difference was among young …

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One in three who attempt suicide receive no follow up support

The Canberra Times, 3 September 2015. One in three Australians arriving at hospital after attempting suicide is receiving no mental health follow-up care, with many having their behaviour dismissed by hospital staff as attention seeking, according to a national research report released on Thursday. The study by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention and the Black Dog Institute shows 60,000 Australians attempting suicide every year, with 2500 dying …

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Early Bird Registration Closing Soon!

You are invited to The 7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, held from the 26 – 28 October 2015 at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick, VIC. Early Bird registration for the Conference will close Friday 18 September so make sure you have registered and paid by close of business 18 September 2015. In 2014, this event sold out so you are encouraged to register at your earliest convenience to secure …

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Nearly a Third of Med Students Have Mental Health Issues

Discovery News, September 1 2015. Thirty percent of medical students have received treatment for a mental health condition and 15 percent have considered suicide — alarming statistics, say experts. “The number of students reporting mental illness or considering suicide is shocking,” Twishaa Sheth, chair of the British Medical Association’s student welfare committee, told Student BMJ. The new analysis of over 1,100 medical students appears in the September issue of the …

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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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