Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WHY does City of South Perth Deputy Mayor Glenn Crid­land re­fer to the destruc­tion of the tree on the fore­shore (“Tree van­dal sought”, South­ern Gazette, June 27) as mind­less van­dal­ism?

Petty ac­tiv­i­ties like graf­fiti and smash­ing win­dows, car­ried out by kids, teenagers and silly adults is mind­less van­dal­ism.

This act, I re­spect­fully sug­gest, was care­fully thought out, planned, and paid for, more than likely by per­sons look­ing to im­prove their views?

The au­thor­i­ties should take a good look around at who would ben­e­fit from the re­moval of this tree.

Though proof will be re­quired to pros­e­cute this de­lib­er­ate act, the gen­eral com­mu­nity is un­likely to be un­der any il­lu­sions as to who did this. Name and ad­dress sup­plied both star­tling and un­ac­cept­able.

One in three Aus­tralians will ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal health is­sue in their life­time.

Sui­cide is the big­gest killer of young Aus­tralians and ac­counts for the deaths of more young peo­ple than car ac­ci­dents.

We need to ac­knowl­edge those who are do­ing ground­break­ing work in this area.

The Aus­tralian Men­tal Health Prize seeks to recog­nise Aus­tralians who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to ei­ther the pro­mo­tion of men­tal health or the pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of men­tal ill­ness in ar­eas such as ad­vo­cacy, re­search or ser­vice.

I would like to en­cour­age clin­i­cians, health pro­fes­sion­als and the public to nom­i­nate the peo­ple they feel should be recog­nised for their work.

More in­for­ma­tion and nom­i­na­tion forms can be ob­tained from www.aus­tralian­men­tal­health­ En­tries close on Au­gust 31. For those who are liv­ing with the bur­den of men­tal ill­ness ev­ery day, thank you for your sup­port.

ITA BUT­TROSE Chair of the Aus­tralian Men­tal Health Prize Ad­vi­sory Group

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