THIS week recognised World Mental Health Day, an important opportunity to raise awareness of mental health illnesses, reduce associated stigma and support those affected.
One in five Australians experience a mental illness each year, with many close to them also impacted. At Mates4Mates we see first-hand the detrimental effect that mental health conditions can have on individuals and their families.
Sadly, many people still don’t speak up when faced with these challenges due to the stigma that can be associated with it.
In the Australian Defence Force alone, an estimated 46 per cent of members who transitioned from full-time service within the past five years experienced some form of mental illness. This may include anxiety, depression, substance abuse problems, post-traumatic stress or other challenges as a result of their experiences.
Mental health issues can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, career choice or life experiences. The need to invest in early intervention strategies to improve health and well-being outcomes is greater than ever, and we’re committed to working with organisations and community groups to provide adequate support services to those in need.
Current or ex-serving Defence members and their families can phone
1300 4 MATES for confidential support or information about our services. Alternatively, all Australians can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 for crisis support and suicide prevention. to put on more staff to work with farmers. But all we’ve seen from Mr Lynham is the establishment of a glorified call centre.
This government doesn’t understand vegetation management and it won’t even fund the extension officers needed to help farmers wade through the mountains of bureaucratic red tape they created.
It’s particularly outrageous when you consider this has occurred during a government hiring spree.
An extra 25,000 public servants have been employed since 2015, most of which have been hired in the state’s southeast and none of which have been employed to help farmers.