Seek help and force change to fund­ing

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS YOUR SAY - — Tony Steven­son, Na­tional CEO Men­tal Ill­ness Fel­low­ship of Australia

I AM writ­ing from the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion the Men­tal Ill­ness

Fel­low­ship of Australia.

In par­tic­u­lar I’m want­ing read­ers to be aware that far too many peo­ple who have a se­ri­ous men­tal ill­ness are not get­ting treat­ment and we need to get that to change.

It’s es­ti­mated less than 50 per cent of Aus­tralians who have a se­ri­ous men­tal ill­ness get treat­ment. Ob­vi­ously this is alarm­ing.

The Men­tal Ill­ness Fel­low­ship of Australia urges peo­ple who may have men­tal health is­sues to reach out and get the help they need. There is sig­nif­i­cant sup­port out there from GPs, clin­i­cal spe­cial­ists, and most im­por­tantly, com­mu­nity men­tal health ser­vices.

We have a free phone num­ber peo­ple can call from any­where in Australia to get guid­ance and just call

1800 985 944 if you need some ad­vice on where best to go. Read­ers can also go to MiNet­works.org.au.

It’s time there was much more gov­ern­ment fund­ing for men­tal health ser­vices in all ar­eas of Australia. Cur­rent men­tal health ser­vices are grossly in­ad­e­quate and this needs to change.

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