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Mental Health Carer Peak Body

Community Affairs Legislation Committee
Wednesday 19 October 2011

Senator WRIGHT: What is happening with the mental health carer peak body? My understanding is that there is not one at this stage. Is there foreshadowed to be one in the near future?

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Mental Health - Personal Helpers and Mentors Program and Respite Services

Community Affairs Legislation Committee
Wednesday 19 October

Senator WRIGHT: The National Health Reform: Progress and Delivery report released in September reports that key national health reform milestone No. 4.3 is to 'Expand community mental health services—more Personal Helpers and Mentors and respite services'. The report states that this initiative will be fully operational by 1 July 2014. First of all, what guarantee is there that those time frames will be met?

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Mental Health Awareness Just the First Step

Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, has moved a motion highlighting the prevalence of mental illness in the community, the importance of adequate treatment and care, and the significance of community support for those experiencing mental ill-health.

“In my former work as Deputy President of the South Australian Guardianship Board, I came to see the daily impacts of poor mental health on too many Australians and the stigma and social isolation that follows,” said Senator Wright.

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World Mental Health Day can Increase Awareness and Resilience

Today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day and Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, is calling on Australians to think about the value of good mental health – today and every day.

“Mental illness affects one in five Australians at any particular time  – and that means ourselves, our families or our friends. Just like other illnesses, good treatment and care is pivotal in helping people to recognise what they’re grappling with and getting the help they need,” Senator Wright said.

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Greens express condolences for loss of RUOK? Day founder

Greens’ spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, has expressed her condolences to the family and friends of RUOK? Day founder and suicide prevention campaigner, Gavin Larkin.

Gavin Larkin, who founded the national day of action to prevent suicide, passed away yesterday from cancer.

“To have the energy and tenacity to work so tirelessly on suicide awareness, when he was also fighting his own battle with cancer, is an inspiration to us all,” said Senator Wright.

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