Australian Mental Health at a critical stage, you can make a difference today and tomorrow wherever you are – WA: will Premier Barnett stand up for mental health?

Mental ill health is the leading killer of Australians under 45 and the leading cause of disability for all Australians.

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Premier Barnettt, PM Rudd

But with the biggest health reforms in decades up for negotiation on Monday, mental ill health may be forgottenunless we act now.

In just 48 hours, the Prime Minister and the leaders of every Australian state and territory will sit down in Canberra to negotiate a new plan for healthcare across the nation.

In their offices across Australia, our state Premiers and territory Chief Ministers are working all weekend in preparation for Monday’s meeting. They are deciding where to push hard, and where to compromise.

We’ve found the office fax number for WA Premier, Colin Barnett

We all want to see reform of our hospitals. But tackling mental health will require more than increasing the number of beds in our hospitals, or changing the source of health funding. More of the same won’t work.

GetUp!

There are solutions. Here’s just one example: there are 30 Government run Headspace centres across Australia. An extra $100million a year would expand capacity in these centres and build an extra 60 across the nation. This alone would double the number of young Australians receiving treatment for mental ill health.

On Monday, the PM will need every Premier on board, so here in WA, Colin Barnett will have huge influence. These decisions are being made in his office right now – let’s fill it with faxes asking him not to come home without mental health care reform:
www.getup.org.au/campaign/healthreform&id=1033

There must be no health reform without mental health reform. Together we can make sure this silent disease, which half of us will experience in our lifetime, is on the agenda at Monday’s crucial meeting of all levels of Australian Government.

Thanks for all that you do,
TheGetUp team

PS –

We’ve joined forces with Australian of the year, mental health expert Professor Patrick McGorry to call for mental health reform.

Already, tens of thousands of GetUp members have petitioned the Prime Minister and raised $85,000 for the campaign to put our message on TV.

Now it is our state Premiers who hold the keys to reform – click here contact yours now.

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Amazing Documentary covering; brain function ( Mental Health in old language ), psychology,depression and lots more –

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Programme aired tonight was called “Stress: Portrait of a Killer”

An extremely powerful documentary.

The research resonated with my personal experience and observations as a long time journalist about stress and how it affects us right down to the end of our little telemeres :)

So refreshing to see unhyped, in-depth research that’s presented engagingly and totally relevant to all of us TODAY.
For those who missed it, look for it on abc.net.au/iView but I’m not sure it is available outside Australia on that link.

Anyone outside Oz please let me know if you can access the videos on the site.

It should be compulsory viewing for lawmakers and medical professionals, and is compelling viewing for the 50% of us directly affected by brain function irregularities.


There is a growing understanding that brain function goes wonky for everyone at sometime and one day the term “mental health” will be ditched and ideas of behaviour will not be exclusively linked to our spirt or soul. Rather they’ll be recognised as variations with complex causes but, thankfully, means of identification, prevention and recovery.

I was interested to see various sections of serious and rigorous research confirming what all we advocates know – that helping others can change your brain function.

It’s often draining, but it’s such a buzz having walked and crawled a dark and deadly path, to light the way for those who follow.

I’d love to hear what others think, and see what resonated for you.

Meanwhile – please help with resources, media and info


By the way I am still collecting survival tips from those who’ve survived and coped with depression; post-natal, PTSD, bipolar or any other variant, or panic and anxiety.


From this weekend I will  have set up a recorder at the following number in australia +61 8 94679885  or you can Skype Perthtones to record about  5 minutes of help for others trying to cope with their day or minute.

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I am focussing solely on tools or treatments that are totally free or are or provided by NGOs selfhelpers etc –

There will be time for professionals and service providers another time – this is for those of us coping with it by those of us coping with it.



  • Part 1 getting through this dark moment – the now
  • Part 2 getting through the next few days with all their challenges – medium term
  • Part 3  recovery and building resilience – long term

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Help and info for people dealing with depression,panic,schizophrenia and other mental health issues – Consumer Organisation CoMHWA’s Update and good news (please forward to your networks)

West Australians now have an authentic voice on mental health issues, please share the brochure below with your contacts and join/support this vital work.

I will be hosting a mental health forum at the end of March at the Wembley Convention Centre focussed on providing info on free and useful treatment and management approaches for those affected by mental illness.

Parts of the forum will be videod to share with people who are house-bound or living outside the city.

If you have a friend or loved one affected by depression,anxiety, panic or bipolar, come along to find out how much there is that can be done to save lives and improve life quality.

cheers
tony

Information Circular No 2 February 2010
A West Australian Based Mental Health Consumer Organisation
CoMHWA

Consumers of Mental Health WA (Inc)

Mental Illness is a pause…not the end!
GREAT NEWS!!

Lotterywest
Grant Received

It is with delight that we advise members and our supporters of CoMHWA that we have been successful in receiving a positive result from our grant application to Lotterywest.

We have received funding to the value of $17, 024.00 for:

§ Computer equipment

§ Governance training for the management committee

§ Professional strategic and business planning

This is very exciting as it means it is possible for us to demonstrate to potential funding bodies a strong plan for the future so as to secure ongoing funding.

The idea of having an independent Strategic Planning specialist work with us to do a Strategic Plan means we can make professional plans for the future that work toward making CoMHWA a comprehensive and vital consumer run organisation.

§ In doing our Strategic Plan our planning specialist will first read and consider carefully the results of the consultations with consumers undertaken over the last several years. Much of this consultation feedback informed the current CoMHWA objectives. We feel this review is important as part of the process of setting plans for the future.

§ In doing our Strategic Plan we will meet with members and other consumers in the community so people can have an opportunity to have input into the strategic plan (stay tuned for more details).

§ In carrying out our Strategic Plan we will demonstrate our ability to be a powerful representative voice for mental health consumers in WA.

In the meantime we ask people to keep cheering for us and please remember that if we work together amazing things can happen.

Other steps are being planned and we will keep you up to date.

CoMHWA currently
We remain an unfunded organisation and it has been up to a small group of dedicated people over several years to get this far. We all are unpaid and each volunteers time and knowledge to build a WA based mental health consumer organisation carries out our mission and objectives (for more on CoMHWA’s objectives and values click).

We would like to assure our members and supporters that we are working really hard behind the scenes and forging ahead. We are proud of our efforts and excited that they have been fruitful thanks to the support of our members, Richmond Fellowship WA, WAAMH, and Lotterywest who are behind us all the way.

If any members want to get involved and help, we welcome your expertise or if anyone in the community would like to join in please feel welcome to become a member (membership forms downloadable from our webpage).

Our hope is that with a professional strategic plan and business plan we can then secure additional funding to employ someone who will carry out some of the business of the organisation and look for recurrent funding.

We wish you all well.

Kind Regards
on behalf of the CoMHWA Management Committee

More Info on CoMHWA

** Please see our latest newsletters online

CoMHWA (Inc) invites new members

Contact us today or see our application forms and newsletters online

Contact Consumers of Mental Health WA (Inc)

C/- PO Box 682, BENTLEY, WA 6982

Ph: 9350 8824 (message)

Email: comhwa_inc

Webpage link from: www.rfwa.org.au Direct link <click here>

ABN: 95581286940

Consumers of Mental Health WA (Inc) CoMHWA

‘mental illness is a pause…not the end’

C/- PO Box 682

BENTLEY WA 6982

(08) 9350 8824 (message)

Webpage Link from: www.rfwa.org.au

Email: comhwa_inc

CoMHWA_Information Circular No 2_Print version.pdf

Fact and Fiction – Big Pharma busted again as new novel highlights the tragedy of prescription drugs

Just weeks away from the launch of Pamela Glasner’s novel “Finding Emmaus” and one of the book’s underlying themes is being echoed in reality.

The historic fantasy is also a meticulously researched commentary on the “treatment” of people deemed to be mentally ill, especially the effect on real people of efforts by Big Pharma to sell more drugs.

Enjoy this short video on “Finding Emmaus” and read below how in REALITY, Big Pharma gets busted for using Ghost writers to lobby lawmakers considering crucial health reforms in the US.

From the nytimes.com By NATASHA SINGER

Published: August 4, 2009

Newly unveiled court documents show that ghostwriters paid by a pharmaceutical company played a major role in producing 26 scientific papers backing the use of hormone replacement therapy in women, suggesting that the level of hidden industry influence on medical literature is broader than previously known.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/health/research/05ghost.html?_r=1

Meanwhile, the use of anti-depressants has doubled in a decade in the USA, while the number of people seeking psychiatric treatment is falling.

A study quoted in the USA Today article below suggests that doctors with little or no up to date specialist knowledge are increasingly writing scripts for SSRI and other heavily promoted drugs.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-03-antidepressants_N.htm?csp=34

Any specialist will tell you that even at their best the SSRI and other medications are at best only a bandaid, and far too often lead to suicidal ideation, especially in the first two weeks of use.

Many advocacy groups are now being heard in their pleas for balanced, consumer informed resources to be made available at all doctors rooms, everywhere.

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An iMovie video about “Finding Emmaus” author Pamela Glasner

Pamela Glasner talks about her new book Finding Emmaus, Empaths, Big Pharma and bi-polar

Pamela GlasnerClick this link to listen to Pamela Glasner talking about her brilliant new book “Finding Emmaus”

Pamela Glasner

Pamela Glasner is an author, most recently having completing book one of an historically-accurate, dark fantasy series based concurrently in the 17th and 21st centuries – adult fiction, definitely not for children.

Click here for more on Pamela and her excellent work :)

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