Are you mak­ing a health dif­fer­ence?

Jail term ap­pealed

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

ECHUCA-MOAMA res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate some­one who is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in pro­mot­ing men­tal health or pre­vent­ing and treat­ing men­tal ill­ness for the Aus­tralian Men­tal Health Prize 2017.

Nom­i­na­tions have been ex­tended un­til Fri­day to ac­com­mo­date a rush of fi­nal ap­pli­ca­tions.

Aus­tralian Men­tal Health Prize Ad­vi­sory Group chair Ita But­trose said the prize was in­tro­duced to help re­duce the stigma around men­tal ill­ness and to recog­nise that Aus­tralia was lead­ing the way in many ground­break­ing ini­tia­tives that en­cour­aged pos­i­tive men­tal health.

‘‘Aus­tralia has pro­duced some as­tound­ingly ef­fec­tive men­tal health pro­mo­tion cam­paigns and pro­grams and recog­nis­ing this work will help to main­tain the mo­men­tum in this area and keep men­tal health on the na­tional agenda. If we want to shake the stigma around men­tal ill­ness then we must keep talk­ing about it and shar­ing what works,’’ she said.

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.

Ms But­trose be­lieves the prize will help im­prove men­tal health care in Aus­tralia.

‘‘The num­ber of peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness ac­cess­ing treat­ment is half that of peo­ple with phys­i­cal dis­or­ders, mainly due to stigma and lack of aware­ness of treat­ment op­tions. We ur­gently need to turn this around so that peo­ple feel com­fort­able seek­ing help. Ac­cess to treat­ment and early in­ter­ven­tion can make a huge dif­fer­ence and save lives,’’ she said.

To en­ter, nom­i­nees must pro­vide a CV and 200 words out­lin­ing the work be­ing un­der­taken and how it is mak­ing an im­pact.

Nom­i­na­tion forms can be ob­tained from http://aus­tralian­men­tal­health­prize.org.au/

Six fi­nal­ists will be cho­sen, with the winner an­nounced in Novem­ber. river­ine­herald.com.au A SE­RIAL pest has ap­pealed his six-month jail term over driv­ing of­fences.

Rochester’s Christopher Lang­don-Avis, 27, was sen­tenced in Moama Lo­cal Court on Wed­nes­day af­ter plead­ing guilty to driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and us­ing an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle.

Lang­don-Avis was caught driv­ing an un­reg­is­tered car while his li­cence was dis­qual­i­fied on June 14 at De­niliquin.

Mag­is­trate Roger Clis­dell sen­tenced Lang­don-Avis to six months’ prison with no pa­role and dis­qual­i­fied him from driv­ing for two years.

His ap­peal date has been set for Oc­to­ber 16 at Grif­fith Dis­trict Court.

An ap­peal is also pend­ing for a charge of pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited drug.

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