Mental ill health is the leading killer of Australians under 45 and the leading cause of disability for all Australians.
But with the biggest health reforms in decades up for negotiation on Monday, mental ill health may be forgotten – unless 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.
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:
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,
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.
The ABC Australia
An extremely powerful documentary.
Meanwhile – please help with resources, media and info
- 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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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.
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
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.
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.
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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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.