In Hard Times Hunter Farmers Must Focus on Mental Health, Experts Say

The traditional farmers’ approach to tough times might be to knuckle down and get on with the work at hand. But experts are urging people communities across the Hunter to take care of their mental health, as the effects of the drought gripping the region put more and more pressure on landholders. Hunter New England Rural Adversity Mental Health Program coordinator Sarah Green said the key message was to get help if you …

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Michael Burge to Keynote at the 7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

Michael Burge will present at the  7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium being held at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick (Vic) 26-28 October 2015. Speaker Bio: Michael Burge is a retired Army Warrant Officer of 20 years service and has been advocating for consumers and carers for approx 20 years (seven years with Veterans’ Affairs and 13 years with Qld Mental Health). He has represented consumers and carers …

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Minister for Health to present Keynote at Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

The  7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium is pleased to announced the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, will present at Keynote 26 October 2015 at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick (Vic). Keynote Bio: Sussan Ley’s career path has been wonderfully varied, with odd jobs on the way to a pilot’s license – roles as an air traffic controller, stock-mustering pilot and occasional …

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NT govt launches suicide prevention plan

Article published in The Australia 10 April 2015 About 40 people take their own lives each year in the Northern Territory, with deaths on the increase among young and indigenous people. Although overall suicides have decreased over the past eight years, the territory still has Australia’s highest suicide rates among indigenous people and the young. The territory government is spending an extra $3 million a year to improve mental health …

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Unorthodox approach to mental-health care pays off

Sydney Morning Herald Dr Siva Bala, a regional psychiatrist with the Kimberley mental-health and drug service, says he has to dispense with some conventions of traditional psychiatry to forge ties with remote indigenous communities. Adopting an overly formal approach to consultation or relying on office or hospital-based environments can be detrimental, he has found. It is often more appropriate to see patients on their own terms, Bala says. ‘‘Seeing them …

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Advocates ramp up Headspace campaign

Thomas O’Byrne and Michelle SpeirsThe Guardian – Northern Victoria   SWAN Hill Rural City Council and local health care workers have stepped up their campaign to improve mental health outcomes for young people in the municipality.  With time of the essence, council is penning a letter to Federal Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler seeking an urgent meeting with him to argue the case as to why a Headspace facility should …

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