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Labor announces Mental Health Policy

Published July 27, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

Upon reflection, the measurers announced sounds great, in acknowledging suicide as a significant mental health issue. The policy outlines a number of suicide prevention measurers underpinned by a primary health care policy framework. However, Labor’s focus on funding for key stakeholders including Lifeline Australia & Beyond Blue seems limited.  The nature of mental illness is complex and demanding, people who suffer chronic conditions readily use up their goodwill with others. Often becoming socially isolated, with family, friends and even professionals rejecting the person because they are so high maintenance in some cases experiencing ongoing suicidal ideation , self harming and suicide attempts. The real issue started with deinstitutionalisation, with a shift in care focus to an undervalued and under resourced community sector. This policy goes somewhat to addressing this issue however it comes down to the quality of front-line services and related resource levels.

How does this policy seek to address these issues?

Links

Lifeline Australia crisis line 13114 (24/7)

Beyond Blue

Mental Illness is not a dirty word

Queer and Asking

Published July 27, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

While watching the ABC’s Q&A or #qanda tonight (Monday 26 July, 2010) what came to mind was this the debate that we needed to have not just over 24hrs ago.

The panel covered a wide range of issues including climate change, immigration, leadership, and same-sex marriage among others. It was jovial high-spirited entertaining and even feisty at times more than can be said about the Great Mass debate, oh the Leadership debate.

3 things stand out

Not sure whether Malcolm Turnbull is Liberal, Labor or Green he is such a little rainbow

Richo is as feisty as he has ever been he backed Penny on her fight for Gay/Lesbian equality in government & within the party

Penny while mainly adhering to the Party line showed some good leadership qualities and never backed down from her position.

Christine sadly sounded more like a whining Librarian

The other person was some right wing moron who made up the numbers