Goondiwindi farmer encourages conversations around mental health and depression

ABC Rural, 11 September 2015. As Australia marked R U OK? day this week, with the aim of combating depression and suicide by encouraging people to check on the welfare of friends, colleagues and family, one farmer reflected on his own mental health struggles. Five years ago, Dave Woods, a farmer from northwest of Goondiwindi, shared his story about coping with depression with the ABC. At the time Mr Woods …

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E-mental health treatment could help remote areas according to Keynote David Butt

Full article entitled Online chat rooms could be future of remote mental health, experts says published on ABC News 25 May 2015 by Katherine Gregory Mental health experts say people living in remote, regional and rural parts of Australia are more vulnerable to mental health problems because of poor socio-economic conditions and a lack of accessible services. The Mental Health Commission’s chief executive David Butt said bad housing, high unemployment and chronic diseases …

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Australia lagging on funding for mental health services

Article Australia lagging on funding for mental health services, says Mental Illness Fellowship Published by ABC News 11 May 2015 By Katherine Gregory Services limited: health workers Mental health workers are concerned schizophrenia treatments, beyond clinical services, are still limited. “People with schizophrenia make up half the case loads of the public mental health services in most places,” said David Meldrum, the executive director of the Mental Illness Fellowship Australia (MIFA). …

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Kids Helpline: Increase in children needing urgent mental health advice

Bridget Brennan reported this story on Monday, April 20, 2015 12:56:00 on ABC News’ The World Today Now to the 24-hour youth help service that’s reporting a huge spike in the use of its emergency services. Kids Helpline says its counsellors are now making more than twice as many emergency interventions as they were two years ago. BRIDGET BRENNAN: The National Mental Health Commission says 600,000 Australian children between the …

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Senate inquiry to look at defence mental health in wake of Williamtown suicides

Original article published by ABC News, 2 April 2015. The mental health of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel is the focus of a Senate probe, at a time when ADF members are reeling from two suicides at the Williamtown Air Force base. The ABC revealed that an Air Force member from Williamtown committed suicide in February. Another RAAF member took his own life at the Williamtown base in April last …

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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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Charlotte Dawson’s death puts cyberbullying back in spotlight

By ABC News The death of Charlotte Dawson has Australia reflecting on depression and the increasing incidence of cyberbullying via social media websites. Dawson, a prominent campaigner against cyberbullying, was found dead in her Sydney apartment on Saturday. She revealed in her autobiography, Air Kiss & Tell, that she was frequently visited by the “depression bogeyman”. The former model was hospitalised after an attempted suicide in 2012 when she received …

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