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
for Amy, Nora and all who’ll be in Chicago this weekend in the Overnight Walk for suicide prevention – see theovernight.org and support these people please.
click here for an interview with Amy Kiel on surviving clinical depression and living with chronic pain – Amy is amazing.
Please follow Amy on twitter @abeeliever and fellow walker Nora @noralmt as they walk to remember those who died and reduce the death toll from PREVENTABLE/TREATABLE mental illness.
A major way we can all help is to reduce the deadly stigma surrounding mental illness – you can do that by supporting brave people like Amy who take huge risks to speak up about their experence.
Here’s two people talking.
22 min 22 sec download,share,digg us,
we’re you yours ! =D
I’ll post details and links soon, including info on how anyone can record & produce quality interviews with anyone anywhere on things close to their heart.
If anyone has input on providing some visuals, slideshow,etc…we’ll youtube it.
We spoke live, Skype to phone, and the only editing I did was cutting a few seconds where we lost the link and adding a few little things for you.
To life…and the cool fools in the twitterverse =D @perthtones
© 2009 Amy Kiel & Tony Serve This audio is free to copy and share as long as it’s not for commercial advantage.
I’ve been using Skype and Call Recorder on my Macbook for quite a while now to record phone interviews for radio and the web.
The interview in the sidebar with Lyn Mahboub was recorded that way and broadcast on 882 6PR.
Professionals, amateurs, students and geeks can all do the same whether on a Mac or a PC.
PC users can use the free Pamela software on the Skype website which also ha s alot of cool features.
I’ll post more on this later including some howto info in text and when time permits I’ll use snapz pro to record a tute. There are some videos out there, so please share if you’ve found some good ones.
I’m filling in for Chris Ilsley on air at 882-6PR hosting talkback ( 6pr.com.au for streaming audio ) from midnight tonight thursday ’til 0500 friday Perth time ( UTC + 9hrs )
You can call from anywhere in the world on +61 8 922 11 882 and as there’s no producer overnight I’ll answer it myself. For those outside australia or on expensive mobile plans I am able to take your number and call you back – so please join in or just listen.
The overnight listeners here in Perth are an amazing group and all the other stations are on pre-recorded material, so we’re the only live game in town 🙂
I just fill in these days and will be back on deck there just before christmas for a bit of a stretch, keeping the good folk company.
Nothing’s taboo as long as you’re respectful – so join in.
By the way, my friend and former student Iain Fraser has been good enough to subscribe to his old buddy’s blog – great to be back in contact mate 🙂
And thanks to friend and colleague Zeliha Iscel from the radio programme ” Ethnic Ability” who sparked my interest in blogging with some questions 3 days ago. We’ll be working together on a blog to advocate for our peers and I’ll post details here as we build it. check out ethnic ability audio at;
I’m also very keen to link up with other bloggers advocating for a better approach to treating depression, panic and anxiety – hassle me anytime. ( for a free 20 minute guided imagery track visit; http://serve.tony.googlepages.com/guidedimagery )
cya tomorrow & goodnight