Support for mental health reform
A SEVEN-point plan to reform Australia’s mental health system was released last week as the region warmly embraced Mental Health Day.
The plan, released by Mental Health Australia, is calling on the Federal Government to lead a “decade-long, systemic reform program for mental health”.
It comes on the back of a number of events held across the region to raise awareness for mental health and the announcement of a new headspace centre for Bundaberg.
Impact Community Services, which offers the Childers area mental health, disability and community volunteering services, ran a forum in Bundaberg with ABC Grandstand personality and mental health advocate Craig Hamilton last week.
About 120 people attended the successful forum, which featured a panel discussion with psychologist Spencer Carr, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services’ Cherie McGregor and Wide Bay Medicare’s Brad Elms.
“There was a really good cross-section of people there,” Impact spokesperson Cristel Simmonds said.
“They were from a range of areas, professions and ages. It was very open. People weren’t scared or ashamed to ask questions about themselves or those close to them.”
The National Institute for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University is trying to learn more about how mental health affects youth’s involvement in society.
Primary investigator and PhD student Rebecca Randall is leading the research and has devised a survey aimed at youths aged 18-25.
Search for the “Youth Involvement Project” on Facebook and follow the links to participate.
For anyone with concerns over their mental health, the first port of call is your GP. You can also phone Lifeline on 131 114.