Mental Illness Need Not Be a Death Sentence, Allan Fels Warns

People with a serious mental illness are dying on average 14 to 23 years earlier than other Australians, prompting a push for a ­national focus on delivering longer, healthier, happier lives. National Mental Health Commission chairman Allan Fels said yesterday it was neither acceptable nor inevitable that people with mental illness had poorer physical health and died sooner. Ahead of a speech to the ­National Press Club, Professor Fels said …

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End mental health stigma, says partner at major law firm

Article published in the Australasian Lawyer @Aus_Lawyer 18 May 2015 by Samantha Woodhill A partner at a major firm has called on the profession to address the stigma around mental illness in lawyers. Speaking at a mental health and the law forum at the University of Sydney last week, King & Wood Mallesons partner John Canning, called for the de-stigmatisation of mental illness in the legal profession. “People can help breakdown stigmatisation by …

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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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Professor Harvey Whiteford and Dr Alize Ferrari to present results of Global Burden of Disease Study 2013

Professor Harvey Whiteford and Dr Alize Ferrari to present Burden due to mental and substance use disorders: An analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 at the 16th International Mental Health Conference being held at QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015. The Conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and …

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