Recog­nise men­tal health he­roes

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE sta­tis­tics re­gard­ing men­tal health in Aus­tralia are 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.

I would like to en­cour­age clin­i­cians, health pro­fes­sion­als and the public at large to nom­i­nate the peo­ple they feel should be recog­nised for their work. More in­for­ma­tion and nomination forms can be ob­tained from www. aus­tralian­men­tal­health­prize. org. au 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 AO OBE, Chair of the Aus­tralian Men­tal Health Prize Ad­vi­sory Group.

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