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Mental health misses out

Penny Wright 11 May 2012

The Government should be building on its commitment to mental health as there remains significant unmet need for essential services, especially in rural areas, Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said today.

“On Budget night on Tuesday, mental health looked like poor Cinderella not invited to the ball,” Senator Wright said.

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Holistic Approach Key to Reducing Suicide in Regional Areas: Greens

Penny Wright 20 Mar 2012

Suicides on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and in the Strathalbyn and Adelaide Hills region over the last 18 months have highlight an urgent need to fill gaps in mental health services for regional, rural and remote South Australia, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said.

"In developing its suicide prevention strategy, the South Australian government must listen closely to those who have experienced serious mental illness and those who have lost a loved one to suicide to identify where the gaps in services and supports are," Senator Wright said.

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Questions Without Notice: Indigenous Suicide

Penny Wright 29 Feb 2012

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (14:43): My question is to Senator Ludwig representing both the Minister for Indigenous Health and the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing. My question relates to the government's response to the tragic incidence of youth suicide in Indigenous communities. This has recently been highlighted by the Northern Territory inquiry into youth suicide. Unfortunately, this problem is not a new phenomenon. In June 2010 the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report The hidden toll: suicide in Australia acknowledged these issues.

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