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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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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5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Conference

The 5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium is being held on the 14th and 15th October at the  Mercure Hotel, Geelong. Register now via the Symposium website http://anzmh.asn.au/rrmh The conference will explore the challenges and effectiveness of alliances between government, NGO’s, and communities through presentations and evaluations of partnership initiatives.  It will also examine “diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness” in regional, rural and remote Australia. An extensive program has been developed …

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Partners in Depression- Supporting those who care

Over one million people in Australia have a family member or friend with depression and supporting a person with depression can take a toll on the carer’s own mental health and wellbeing. However, carers frequently report difficulties in connecting with services that are inclusive or which specifically consider their needs. Partners in Depression is a six week group education program for those who love, live with or care for a …

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