Mental Health Victoria Media Monitor Archive

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2021
 
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A law on workplace gender equality is under review. Here’s what needs to change [The Conversation]

Aussies’ fear of getting Covid is rising, according to study tracking wellbeing during the pandemic [NT News]

Aussies' resilience takes significant hit from COVID-19 and natural disasters [Insurance Business Magazine]

Australian alcohol consumption increases during 2021 – wine, beer, spirits and RTDs all up on a year ago [Roy Morgan]

Beyond Blue’s Be You Bushfire Response Program finalist for national award [Beyond Blue]

Calls for National Social Prescribing Scheme [Australian Health Journal]

COVID-19: Mental health crisis needs more than assistance programs [Queanbeyan Age]

Fears of psychiatrist shortage after two years of cancelled exams [Brisbane Times]

How can you help if someone you know has anxiety or depression? [Pro Bono]

Injecting room: No sign of report as council yet to receive assurances [CBD News]

Stress is a health hazard. But a supportive circle of friends can help undo the damaging effects on your DNA [The Conversation]

The Body Shop and Launch Housing partner to employ marginalised Australians [Pro Bono]

'The story of COVID is going to be the kids who don't make it': Plea to boost regional mental health care [ABC]

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Finding the ‘missing middle’: those who have fallen through the mental health care cracks [The Australian]

Generation Covid: Pandemic creates surge in young people leaving home to avoid tension [Brisbane Courier Mail]

Mental health ‘key to Covid recovery’ [The Australian]

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide set to hold its first public hearing [Daily Telegraph]

‘Undeniable lack of services’: Three suicides in Shepparton, just one month [Herald Sun]

 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2021
 
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A profound impact [ANZ]

Breaking through: Neuromedicine-assisted psychotherapies to offer new hope in treatment of mental illness [Mirage News]

Fighting for the women slipping through the cracks [Pro Bono]

Geelong region to get first dedicated youth mental health facility [Cairns Post]

How pandemic fatigue could drive a medical workforce collapse [Insight Plus]

Orygen launches digital mental health care [Daily Telegraph]

Over $65,000 raised during Bendigo Health's Move For Mental Health fundraiser [Bendigo Advertiser]

Rural and regional COVID-19 mental health impacts investigated [Yass Tribune]

Tales of a true achiever [Weekend Australian]

'The anxiety had taken hold': How perinatal mental health support can help mothers like Renee [ABC]

Two winners announced for Australia's top mental health prize [UNSW]

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Victorian pupils hit rock bottom after home schooling [Herald Sun]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2021
 
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A snapshot of the counselling and psychotherapy workforce in Australia in 2020: Underutilised and poorly remunerated, yet highly qualified and desperately needed [PACJA]

Boost for rural health program [Weekly Advertiser]

Calls for ASIC to investigate mental health discrimination from insurers [Market Herald]

Kid's mental health services struggle to keep up with demand [Armidale Express]

Let’s break the link between alcohol and mental health conversations [Sydney Morning Herald]

Mental health and who has the right to insurance [ABC]

Monash University launches new Centre to transform treatments for Australians living with mental health disorders [National Tribune]

Nearly half of Australia’s suicides potentially avoidable [RACGP]

New Resource for Carers of People Living with Bipolar Disorder [Communicative Connective]

NMHCCF and MHLEEN partner with Yale University to a run a transformational leadership development program [NMHCCF]

Pandemic pressure on anorexia nervosa solutions [Retail Pharmacy Assistants] 

Pandemic reveals ‘immense opportunity’ in digital mental health treatment [Brisbane Times]

Physiotherapy’s role in mental health care recognised by Select Committee [Australian Physio]

Postnatal psychosis is rare, but symptoms can be brushed aside as ‘normal’ for a new mum [The Conversation]

Recruiting more mental health workers won’t stop suicides. Preventing child abuse and neglect will [The Conversation]

Researchers call for equal access to vaccines for those with mental health issues [ABC]

The AIS has partnered with the Black Dog Institute to deliver the Mental Fitness Program to participants in years 7-10 across Australia [AIS]

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New "unique" council plan to create a healthier Warrnambool [The Standard]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2021
 
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AFL partners with VU into women’s sport mental health study [Star Weekly]

Commission welcomes whole-of-governments, whole-of-community, whole-of-life approach [National Tribune]

High demand for more eating disorders research [National Tribune]

Lifeline Australia welcomes Select Committee Report on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention [Connect Web]

Mental health system under strain: report [Beaudesert Times]

nib foundation commits $750,000 to Lifeline for mental health support [Health Dispatch]

OCD rates have surged in adults, children during the COVID pandemic — but it's harder to spot [ABC]

Pandemic and older Australians’ wellbeing – project update [Mirage News]

Recovery Options providing support services to Yarra Ranges [Star Mail]

Report calls for permanent mental health committee [AAP]

The new brew that’s saving young lives [Pro Bono]

Victoria’s bumpy path to a digital health roadmap [Pulse IT]

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Covid-19: Mental health a $20bn dilemma [The Australian]

Operator of new northern suburbs mental health centre revealed [Cairns Post]

Rural Outreach receives funding commitment from Victorian government [Wimerra Mail-Times]

 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER 2021
 
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Anorexia spiked during the pandemic, as adolescents felt the impact of COVID restrictions [The Conversation]

Australia must import mental health workers to double workforce to fix crisis [Brisbane Times]

COVID has increased anxiety and depression rates among university students. And they were already higher than average [The Conversation]

EOIs open for mental health body [Star Community]

Federal Government urged to tackle mental health and wellbeing crisis by investing in social prescribing [MedaNet] 

How COVID-19 changed school psychology practices [Technology Decisions]

Lucy’s intuition told her something was wrong with John, so she called the police [Brisbane Times]

Mental health tools for students [TL News]

MFC has millions of reasons to smile [Mildura Weekly]

Navigating drivers’ mental wellbeing in a COVID-19 world [AFMA]

New children’s mental health and wellbeing roadmap [RACGP]

New university resources foster real talk to support mental health and wellbeing of students and staff [Mirage News]

Our mental health system’s failure to uphold women’s rights to dignity, safety and respect must be addressed [Womens Agenda]

Sons of the west: Community engagement prevails in 2021 [VU]

Treating a child’s mental illness sometimes means getting the whole family involved [The Conversation]

What we talk about when we talk about mental health [Eureka Street]

What it's like to live with narcissistic personality disorder [SBS]

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WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 15 OCTOBER 2021
 
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Allianz introduces mental health program for frontline workers [Insurance Business]

Building engine room of our new mental health system [National Tribune]

Burnout and confidence are real concerns for women on path to achieving their ambitions [Women's Agenda]

Early intervention best for improving kids' mental health – study  [The Educator]

'Extreme anxiety': How being stuck in limbo is affecting international students' mental health [ABC]

Film construction gets inside the heads of Australians with mental health struggles [The Stable]

Gallagher acquires international accreditation for mental health [Insurance Business]

Mental health nurses seek urgent access to Medicare subsidies amid growing crisis [ABC] 

Plan to tackle mental illness in children [Victor Harbour Times]

Refugee students struggle with displacement and trauma. Here are 3 ways schools can help them belong [The Conversation]

Risk for Melbourne kids in long lockdown [The West Australian]

Six mental health champions named finalists for top prize [Medianet]

Small business mental health helpline must survive, says Beyond Blue [Sydney Morning Herald]

South West Healthcare receives $2.3 million for Hamilton mental health facility [The Standard]

The importance of having access to support for unpaid carers is clear [Medianet]

The number of Aussies with mental health issues facing homelessness has doubled in a decade [Pro Bono]

‘We have platform and we have commitment’ NACCHO’s message on World Mental Health Day [National Tribune]

Why you might feel anxious returning to ‘normal’ after lockdown – and how to cope [The Conversation]

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Isolated and alone, parents struggle with bringing a baby into a pandemic [Daily Telegraph]

Mental health: How Covid has affected different ages, genders, job sectors [Herald Sun]

Mental Health Month 2021: Help brighten up Ballarat [The Courier]

YOUR SAY: Data doesn't back up COVID mental health, suicide rate concerns [Border Mail]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 8 OCTOBER 2021
 
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Accent Group commits $450,000 to mental health [Inside Retail]

Events for mental health and wellbeing [Star Weekly]

Headspace calls for immediate action to safeguard mental health [National Tribune]

In-school mental health support for Victorian secondary students [The Mandarin]

‘Like struggling for breath’: Loneliness takes heavy toll on Australians [Brisbane Times]

Lockdowns leave young workers more depressed, anxious [AFR]

Mental health distress levels double for young people during pandemic ]Sydney Morning Herald]

Most of us will recover our mental health after lockdown. But some will find it harder to bounce back [The Conversation]

MyStrengths Youth wellbeing report: sleep key to good mental health in teens [Redland City Bulletin]

No time to waste: Our health system needs bolstering now [The Age]

Rethinking physiotherapy and mental health [Physiotherapy In Motion]

Surge in doctors seeking help for own mental and physical health concerns [ABC]

‘The hardest point in recovery’: the long wait for eating disorder treatment [The Guardian]

Twenty New, Free Mental-Health Pop-Ups Have Started Opening Across Victoria [Broadsheet]

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Four out of five Aussies depressed, anxious as pandemic bites [The Australian]

Suicide rates among young may increase amid pandemic [The Australian]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER 2021
 
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Coping with bushfire fallout [National Tribune]

Counselling almost always happens in a room – what if more people had the option of going outside? [Hello Care]

COVID-19 is causing stress and burnout in healthcare workers [Shine Lawyers]

COVID-19 Pandemic: ANU data shows mental health toll on kids, 15 to 18 year-olds the worst hit [Canberra Times]

COVID-19: The mental health impacts of working on the healthcare frontline [Lens]

COVID-19 vaccine rollout for people living with disability 'seriously deficient', royal commission report finds [ABC]

Doctor burnout crisis looms for overburdened healthcare system, psychologist warns [ABC]

Forum to focus on First Nations people’s mental health during COVID-19 [Charles Sturt University]

Heightened food worries linked to worse mental health during Covid pandemic [Mirage News]

Men’s Shed receives mental health boost [Star Weekly]

New app in Australia to help parents support their children's mental wellbeing [Healthcare IT News]

New research reveals full extent of veteran suicide crisis as royal commission begins work [ABC]

Prevention and early intervention critical to ending cycle of family mental illness [Mirage News]

Psychologists' body says 6000-strong workforce is not being used [Jimbommba Times]

Teenage girls more likely to self harm, report finds [The Age]

‘Time doesn’t heal all wounds’: Call to boost treatment for million PTSD sufferers [Sydney Morning Herald]

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Bill Shorten: Australia must prioritise COVID-19 vaccine for vulnerable [Albany Advertiser]

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard makes bold proposal for mental health reform [The Australian]

Local MP Stuart Grimley raises concerns over Barwon Health mental health staffing [The Mercury]

‘Vast majority’ of kids have suffered mental health decline during pandemic [The Australian]

 
 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2021
 
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Australia Post invests in mental health with community grants of up to $10,000 each [National Tribune]

Doctor mental health concerns increase as COVID surge hits hospitals [UNSW]

Free and unlimited mental health in Medicare [National Tribune]

Meet the Australians stuck waiting for mental healthcare as the pandemic takes its toll [ABC]

Mental health programs rolled out [Stock and Land]

New mental health treatment withstands lockdown isolation [ANU]

Waminda House gets $2k grant for mental health and wellbeing project [Seymour Telegraph]

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Ballarat health practitioners hope to provide easier to navigate eating disorder services [The Courier]

Ballarat Men's Mental Health program to tackle city's high suicide rate [The Courier]

Mental health system crisis-driven, says Julia Gillard [The Australian]

National strategy to address eating disorders unveiled as numbers soar during Covid-19 pandemic [Herald Sun]

The Geelong Clinic renovated to support hundreds more patients [Herald Sun]

 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2021
 
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Counselling almost always happens in a room — what if more people had the option of going outside? [The Conversation]

Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Care Is Vital For Indigenous Youth Right Now [Junkee]

In the midst of a pandemic-fuelled mental health crisis, Australians are embracing the healing benefits of arts [ABC]

New National Approach on Suicide Prevention [National Tribune]

New National Suicide Prevention Office set up to save lives [Albany Advertiser]

Outdoor freedoms could be granted for Victorians within days [The Age]

Pushed to the limit: Victorian doctors reveal toll of pandemic-related stress [SBS]

Review rings mental health alarm for young Australians in lockdown [AFR]

Students are amid a mental health and education crisis [Pro Bono]

Suicide intervention training is saving lives [National Tribune]

The terrible cost of neglecting children’s mental health [The Guardian]

Two-thirds of Australians back Suicide Prevention Act [The Advocate]

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Covid-19 lockdown: Kids Helpline says 1000 children feel suicidal [Cairns Post]

Psychologists unable to take on new clients in regional Vic [Daily Telegraph]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 10 September 2021
 
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As COVID lockdowns roll on, eating disorders are surging and wait times are blowing out [ABC] 

Aussies back a national Suicide Prevention Act [Pro Bono]

Call for mental health screening in schools amid surge in psychological distress [Brisbane Times]

Call for Vic student mental health support [Seymour Telegraph]

Chief Psychiatrist ‘comfortable’ with lockdown, mental health consideration [Sydney Morning Herald] 

Drought, virus impacts youth mental health [Bendigo Advertiser]

Fears for children's mental health [ABC] 

Five million Australians impacted by suicide, survey shows [Daily Telegraph]

'Grief is a cost of love': Compassionate Friends offers support, honours loved ones after a suicide loss [Mandurah Mail]

Heartbreak, joy and all things between: meet the Lifeline volunteers [The Citizen]

How AFLW prompted a rethink on mental health policies [AFLW]

How online mindfulness training can help students thrive during the pandemic [The Conversation]

‘I tell everyone I love being on my own, but I hate it’: what older Australians want you to know about loneliness [The Conversation]

Improved mental health support for frontline workers urgently needed [Mirage News]

‘It’s completely shocking when it’s your child’: What’s driving the youth mental health crisis [Brisbane Times]

Mental health concerns as new research shows new and soon-to-be parents struggle under lockdowns [The Australian]

Mental health hitting vulnerable kids [The West]

Mental health workers suffer burnout as they struggle with increased lockdown demand [ABC]

More children are self-harming since the start of the pandemic. Here’s what parents and teachers can do to help [The Conversation]

Move for mental health [Gold]

'Not about pay anymore': wellbeing, flexibility drive retention [Insurance News]

Nurse insiders raise the alarm over COVID-19 spreading in mental health wards [ABC]

Osher Günsberg: A Matter of Life and Death to air September 19th on SBS [Media Week]

Pre-existing mental illness exacerbated during lockdown [Canberra Weekly]

PwC Australia gives workers Green Light to Talk about mental health [National Tribune]

R U OK? Tips for checking in with children, teens, grandparents and friends [Herald Sun]

Residual trauma of Afghan refugees fleeing Taliban will be ‘among highest levels’ Australia has resettled [The Guardian]

Sudden interest in mental health during COVID is welcome but weaponising the issue is not [Sydney Morning Herald] 

The importance of this year’s RUOK? Day [4BC]

"The mental health impact will not stop with the vaccine," Christine Morgan [ABC]

Women urged to consider their health this Women’s Health Week [Health Dispatch]

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Australians speak: save our jobs, mental health [The Australian]

Geelong mental health services unite to tackle lockdown strain [The Mercury]

Mental health crisis rocking 18-24 year olds [The Australian]

Pandemic’s teen mental health crisis in Victoria worse than feared [The Australian]

True cost of lockdowns emerging [The Australian]

Victoria’s top psychiatrist reveals Covid’s toll on teens [NT News]

Victorians, don't try to tough it out by yourself [The Standard]

Victorians’ mental health will recover from lockdowns amid self-harming, eating disorders, reports of suicide [The Australian]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 27 AUGUST 2021
 
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40 practical things that can help your mental health during lockdown [ABC]

As COVID cases grow and restrictions increase, how can we stop 'burnout'? [ABC]

Chasing change with ribbons [MP News]

Connected Communities has brought together several Geelong organisations to deliver a free mental health first aid program to support locals [Geelong Times]

COVID-19 through the eyes of children and young people [Pro Bono]

Improving Australia’s mental health system [Mirage News]

In COVID lockdown record numbers are turning to Lifeline, these are the people picking up the call [ABC]

Mental health services report steep increase in calls since pandemic began [NT News]

New mental health campaign to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Bundaberg [4BU]

No more reports: we must fix mental health crisis now [IN Daily]

Over 60s cope better in lockdown, research finds [Mirage News]

Parental group Shadow Pandemic Victoria pushes to reopen schools during COVID-19 lockdowns- [ABC]

Schools record big rise in reports of suicide attempts, self harm and bullying [NT News]

‘There’s lots of suffering’: Supporting veterans amid Afghan turmoil [RACGP]

Victoria aims to boost mental health workforce with people who have lived experience [ABC]

We’re all exhausted but are you experiencing burnout? Here’s what to look out for [The Conversation]

Youth mental health during pandemic better with more sleep, structure and time in nature [Mirage News]

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Barwon Health makes changes after elderly patient dies by suicide [Herald Sun]

Coronavirus: Lockdown opens up ‘a perfect storm’ for eating disorders [The Australian]

Real cost of Covid-19 lockdown: Aussie kids wait nine months as psychiatrists ‘burnt out’ [Courier Mail]

Suicide line records highest number of calls in history [The Australian]

 
 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 20 AUGUST 2021
 
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AFL Partners With Lifeline Australia For Round 23 [Ministry of Sport]

Annual high claims report reveals rise in mental health treatment [Health Dispatch]

Clare's trying to move home to Victoria to get support for her mental illness. But the state won't let her in [ABC]

COVID-19 lockdowns bring chance to check in and tap into #chatstarter [Hunter Valley News]

COVID-19 highlights Victoria's poor mental health infrastructure and lack of funding, experts say [ABC] 

eftpos and Beyond Blue partner to support mental health, including young Australians and small business [Beyond Blue]

For an inclusive needs-driven National Disability Insurance Scheme [Green Left]

For refugees in Australia, life during COVID lockdowns recalls the trauma of war and persecution [The Conversation]

Mental health: An important building block in construction [Building Connection]

Mental health leaders urge Australia to learn to live with COVID [Sydney Morning Herald]

Mental health our fastest-growing hospital admission [Mirage News]

Most businesses still haven't learnt their work-from-home lesson [Hepburn Advocate]

‘No end in sight’: Tech billionaire warns on growing mental health toll [WA Today]

Overwhelming response sees GP mental health scholarship numbers double [RACGP]

Pandemic fatigue [ABC Radio National]

Tele-tech solution for mental health care [Retail Pharmacy Magazine]

Victoria weighs more student support as long lockdown ‘tests resolve’ [Brisbane Times]

Why lockdown is harder this time around [Money]

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Central Goldfields Shire launches new mental health materials [Bendigo Advertiser]

Covid-19: Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton backs calls for a mental health commander [The Australian]

Mental health support: Residential centre to be built for infants and kids under 11 [The Mercury]

Teenage suicides could be sign of pandemic mental health toll [The Australian]

Treating the ‘shadow pandemic’ [The Australian]

Watchdog: Locked down young people ‘overwhelmed, anxious, isolated’ [The Australian]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 13 AUGUST 2021
 
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AFG launches broker mental health support [Australian Broker]

Art, drama and music lower stress. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of taking arts in years 11 and 12 [The Conversation]

Concern over young people's mental health [Jimboola Times]

COVID-19 restrictions could have long-term effects for people with disabilities, advocates say [ABC]

COVID-19 pandemic taking a crushing toll on mental health of tradies [ABC]

GPs urged to get more veteran patients on care plans after mental health budget boost [The Standard]

Higher uptake of e-mental health services with GP referral [RACGP]

Increased incarceration of First Nations women is interwoven with the experience of violence and trauma [The Conversation]

Lockdown leave: why you should still take a holiday even if you can’t go anywhere [The Guardian]

Lockdowns make people lonely. Here are 3 steps we can take now to help each other [The Conversation]

Mental health support found lacking during COVID [Education Today]

Mental health system should adopt an 'open every door' approach [Health Times]

Paid work, care work, mental labour: The triple load impacting women’s health [Women's Agenda]

Poor housing has direct impact on mental health during COVID lockdowns, study finds [ABC]

The Casting Guild of Australia launches new video as actor mental health reaches crisis point [Campaign Brief]

The stories and struggles behind entrenched disadvantage [Pro Bono]

‘When you get home it’s really lonely’: new research shows how athletes cope with post-Olympic life [The Conversation]

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#ChatStarter: New program to support young mental health [The Australian]

Australians call Butterfly Foundation with reports of eating disorders rising [The Mercury]

Scramble to cut ties with disability assessors [The Australian]

South-west Victoria's mental health staff shortages hitting hard [Southern Cross]

 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 6 AUGUST 2021
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Advocates call for change as social housing crisis reaches new heights [Pro Bono]

Australians are 3 times more worried about climate change than COVID. A mental health crisis is looming [The Conversation]

Lifeline records highest daily number of calls ever amid lockdowns [The Mercury]

Simone Biles receives praise for prioritising her mental health [The Guardian]

Supporting the mental health of the entire community [The Standard]

‘Terrifying, cold and a lot of loud noises’: Homeless young people falling through safety net [The Age]

‘You think they have got it all’: Worrying surge in alcohol callouts to Victorian homes [Sydney Morning Herald]

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Ballarat's Dr Mohammed Al Naima sees more patients with mental health concerns during COVID [The Courier]

Bullying trauma just as harmful as substance abuse, according to a new study [Daily Telegraph]

Geelong projects to serve mental health needs, including city health hub and McKellar Centre boost [Herald Sun]

Kids Helpline sees surge in five-year-old children seeking mental health assistance during COVID-19 lockdowns [The West Australian]

Major funding boost for Headspace's youth mental health program in Ballarat [The Courier]

Mental health workers at Warrnambool Base Hospital strike over pay, conditions [The Standard]

New campaign ‘Work that Matters’ aims to help skilled disability workforce [Disability Insider]

Regional areas being left behind when it comes to mental health funding [The Courier]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 30 JULY 2021
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‘Anorexia coach’: sexual predators online are targeting teens wanting to lose weight. Platforms are looking the other way [The Conversation]

Creating mentally healthy pharmacies [National Tribune]

‘Die of cold or die of stress?’: Social housing is frequently colder than global health guidelines [The Conversation]

Grampians Community Health to provide new aged care mental health support [Stawell Times]

Homelessness shouldn’t be inevitable for women and children escaping family violence [Pro Bono]

‘I just feel anxious all the time’: Huge mental toll of COVID on young people revealed [Pro Bono]

“Instagram therapy” and how women use social media for mental-health support, solidarity [The Conversation]

Pigeons’ focus in on wellbeing program (Seymour Telegraph]

Students seek ‘no-questions-asked’ mental health days to ease COVID-19 stress [The Age]

Suicide rates rise with remoteness, and rural men, youth, elderly most at risk [ABC]

Support pours in for gymnastics superstar Simone Biles after Olympic withdrawal to look after mental health [SBS]

The NDIS National Workforce Plan – We need a broader understanding of workplace innovation [Pro Bono]

Victoria's young anxious about COVID-19's impact on education, Mission Australia survey shows [ABC]

When it comes to violence against women, doing nothing does harm [Pro Bono]

Yarns from the heart: the role of Aboriginal English in Indigenous health communication [The Conversation]

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Calls to crisis lines jump in NSW and Victoria as lockdowns linger [The Australian]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 23 JULY 2021
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Afford introduces new support service as COVID-19 restrictions continue to challenge the mental wellbeing of Australians with disability [PR Wire]

Aust workers stand up on wellbeing, values [Jimboola Times]

Free mental health coaching available for regional Victorians [The Mandarin]

Gender-specific health programs address important issues, but risk creating new biases [The Conversation]

Improved mental health programs being rolled out across regional and remote communities across Victoria [ABC]

McKellar expansion to help meet mental health demand [Geelong Times]

Mental health ≠ wellbeing [University of Melbourne]

Mental health is becoming our biggest lockdown concern [Sydney Morning Herald]

Mental health support packages for Vic, SA and NSW [ABC]

Probe finds Vic police force was lawful [The West]

Rise of self-harm and use of mental health services since COVID pandemic began, new data reveals [ABC]

The problem with employment services: providers profit more than job seekers [The Conversation]

Tokyo Olympics: Australia leads the way in key area of mental preparedness [The Canberra Times]

‘Unethical and cruel’: Victorians wait months for help as mental health sector hits limit [The Age]

Victorian women deserve a better mental health system [Brisbane Times]

Who cares for the carers through Australia's mental health and wellbeing crisis? [Health Times]

 
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Employees prioritising mental health above promotions [AFR]

Employers must act on mental health, says Atlassian CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes [The Australian]

Suicide prevention Ballarat: Vital need in how we reach young people {Lithgow Mercury]

 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 16 JULY 2021
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Always-on employees at risk of poor mental health, stroke: research [Sydney Morning Herald]

An investment in social housing for domestic violence survivors could save Australia billions [Pro Bono]

Australia’s first women-only mental health hospital will tackle soaring rates of illness [The Age]

Covid’s mental health toll: one in five Australians report high levels of psychological distress [The Guardian]

Gateway gives care to carers [The Senior]

National Diabetes Week 2021 seeks to end the blame and shame [Central Western Daily]

National resource to improve young mother’s mental health receives funding [Western Sydney University]

NDIS independent assessments are off the table for now. That’s a good thing – the evidence wasn’t there [Pro Bono]

‘Nothing about us without us’: The government should include the disabled when reforming the NDIS [The Age]

Poor understanding of mental health stifles employment [The Age]

Young people, COVID-19, and accessible mental health options [Insight Plus]

Youth mental health crisis [Star Weekly]

Zoetis and Beyond Blue partner to support the mental health of our vets [Australian Dog Lover]

 
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Research reveals less COVID-19 impact on mental health in regional areas [Illawarra Mercury]

Truckies’ mental health essential, says incoming Australia Post CEO [AFR]

 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 9 JULY 2021
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A plea from the frontline of violence against women: You can’t end it without our help [WA Today]

Aussies warned about 'pandemic fatigue' [Flinders News]

Beyond Blue pays tribute to founding Board Director and former Deputy Chair John McGrath AM [Mirage News]

Criticism of the mental health system should not be equated with Scientology [Simon Katterl Consulting]

Grampians Community Health investing in more staff as community challenges continue [Stawell Times]

‘Happy hookers’: how prescribing creativity might help wellbeing [The Guardian]

Healing among Indigenous people is more crucial now than ever. Here’s a way forward [The Guardian]

Health and wellbeing hub open [Ballarat Times]

Health experts warn young people are at centre of impending mental health crisis following COVID [ABC]

Mindstep is helping people with anxiety [Retail Pharmacy Magazine]

NDIS Minister says independent assessments model is 'dead', in win for disability advocates [ABC]

Open-plan office noise increases stress and worsens mood: we’ve measured the effects [The Conversation]

Researchers to study long-term mental health impacts of COVID separation [The Australian]

Safe haven: Highton supported living apartments the first in state rollout [Geelong Times]

Study calls for changes to treatment for Indigenous mental health [UQ]

Support for mental health in business [Gold FM]

What did the public say about the government’s Indigenous Voice co-design process? [The Conversation]

Young Australians faced unique challenges even before the pandemic. Neglecting them jeopardises the country’s future [The Conversation]

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Headspace Warrnambool, south-west Victoria gets mental health funding boost [The Standard]

Why more older women are facing homelessness [Herald Sun]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 2 July 2021
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AIHW report reveals Ballarat's suicide rate far higher than Victorian average [The Courier]

Australian children denied Auslan access losing out on 'basic human right', experts say [ABC]

Ballarat Community Health's Cooinda Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre officially opens [The Courier]

Dylan Buckley to deliver Tackle Your Feelings program to Upper Murray league coaches [Border Mail]

Many of us feel ‘empty’ – understanding what it means is important for improving our mental health [The Conversation]

Mental health charity to call Woodend home [Star Weekly]

New research shows how Indigenous LGBTIQ+ people don’t feel fully accepted by either community [The Conversation]

Older Australians being pushed to the brink of homelessness [Pro Bono]

The Australian government must uphold its responsibility to unemployed care leavers [Pro Bono]

To understand young people's mental health problems, we need to look at the economic and social triggers [ABC]

Victoria's repeated COVID-19 lockdowns making children too anxious for school, absenteeism on increase [ABC]

Who are the “missing middle” of mental health care? [MJA]

Workers’ mental health claims help put WorkCover back in the red [The Age]

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WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 18 JUNE 2021
 
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Building Momentum: Positioning Child Mental Health for Policy and Practice Change [The Sector]

Civil Contractors Federation launches mental health prevention program across central Victoria [Bendigo Advertiser]

Eating disorder residential facility opens on Sunshine Coast in Australian-first [ABC]

Emergency physicians call for whole-of-system reform [MJA]

Higher rates of hospital admissions among Australians with intellectual disability are 'totally unacceptable' [SBS]

Mental Health Care Has A Privilege Problem [Marie Claire]

Mental health service investigated over allegedly falsifying suicide helpline calls [The Guardian]

Men's Health Week 2021 brings importance of social connections into focus [ABC]

One-fifth of patients attending hospital from hotel quarantine suffered mental health emergencies [The Guardian]

Scientology should lose charitable status over its attacks on mental health: McGorry [The Age]

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Teletherapy Aimed to Make Mental Health Care More Inclusive. The Data Show a Different Story [Time]

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WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2021
 
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Mental health impact on partners of FIFO workers [Mining People]

Mental health systems badly in need of repair [AFR]

More than 1 in 4 healthcare workers seek mental health support during Covid [Mirage News]

National Mental Health Commission urges those with lived experience to join suicide prevention event [The Mandarin]

New hope for treating PTSD [Pursuit]

New WHO guidance seeks to put an end to human rights violations in mental health care [Nationall Tribune] 

Outreach program reducing 'horrific' suicide rate in First Nation communities [Health Times]

People’s odds of loneliness could fall by up to half if cities hit 30% green space targets [The Conversation]

Survey reveals importance of private insurance to mental health services [Health Dispatch]

Victorian teenage suicide threats jump 184pc amid pandemic [AFR]

Victorians are suffering and need mental health support [Sydney Morning Herald]

VIDEO: Landline: Mental Health: How natural disasters affect mental health [ABC]

VIDEO: National Mental Health Commission CEO urges Victorians to speak up

Young people are struggling the most with their mental health. Here's what they've learned from asking for help [ABC]

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WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 4 June 2021
 
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A new community project goes door to door to talk about mental health [Pro Bono]

How a man's passion for fishing is filling a mental health services gap in this Melbourne suburb [ABC]

Kept in the dark: Disability community says NDIS reforms are not transparent [Canberra Weekly]

Lockdowns don’t get easier the more we have them. Melbourne, here are 6 tips to help you cope [The Conversation]

Mental health at work in focus [Gold]

Mental health awareness is improved, more work to be done: Super industry roundtable [Investment Magazine]

Mental Health Nurses are still not 'all in this together' [Health Times]

Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from French Open could prompt positive change in professional sport [ABC]

Stolen generation health disadvantage lingers: AIHW report [Bendigo Advertiser]

Tackling workforce distribution and diversity to deliver on mental health reform [Croakey]

The psychologists signing up for psychedelic therapy training: ‘Amazing things can happen’ [The Guardian]

Up to $10K community grants to support mental health [Third Sector]

What the promise of billions obscures about government commitment to suicide prevention [The Mandarin]

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Mental health top concern for Commune’s Nic Coulter, other Melbourne business owners: MYOB survey [Herald Sun]

 

 

WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 28 MAY 2021
 
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A report shows that the pandemic brought us closer but the young and First Nations people face discrimination [Pro Bono]

Australians living with disability are struggling to access mental health care in regional areas [ABC]

Best evidence suggests antidepressants aren’t very effective in kids and teens. What can be done instead? [The Conversation]

Business leaders must keep mental health awareness top of the agenda [Canberra Times]

Gains from mental health workplace levy outweigh costs: Allan Fels [AFR]

Goulburn Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum held in Trawool [Seymour Telegraph]

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Committee to hear from Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia [AAP]

My child has been diagnosed with ADHD. How do I make a decision about medication and what are the side effects? [The Conversation]

New network for mental health research [Mirage News]

New partnership announcement expands and enhances health and wellbeing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities [Thirrili]

New support platform for young-onset Parkinson’s disease [RACGP]

Questions over the $6b mental health spend [AFR]

Regional Victoria gets mental health budget boost but education and health spending on hold [ABC]

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Deloitte report: women doing it tough in pandemic [The Australian]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 21 MAY 2021
 
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Centre for Non-Violence welcomes 2021-22 state budget family violence funding

Government's NDIS independent assessments approach overwhelmingly slammed in parliamentary submissions [SBS]

I can't fix my loved ones' mental illness, but I can help them find moments of joy [ABC]

Preventing Workplace Mental Health Injuries Saves Billions: New Research [Mirage News]

Psychologists applaud Victoria’s historic investment in mental health [Mirage News]

RACV and Orygen partner to give young people experiencing mental ill-health new opportunities [AAP]

Reactions to Victoria's 2021/22 budget [The Advocate]

Regions get cash for bushfire planning but housing solution less clear [The Age]

Speaking up for health equity at the CroakeyLIVE [Croakey]

Spike in eating disorders, body dissatisfaction among young Australians [SBS]

The plan to unify Australia’s fractured mental health systems [Sydney Morning Herald]

Too few Budget measures aimed at women’s retirement [Super Review]

Vet suicide crisis sparks Australian shortage as professionals abandon jobs [NT News]

Vic mental health levy on big business gets mixed response [ABC]

Victorian Budget 2021/22 includes vital funds to support people and pets impacted by family violence [Mirage News]

Victorian budget 2021:state pledges to massively outspend commonwealth on mental health [The Guardian]

Victorian government creates gender responsive budgeting unit in treasury

We need to talk about mental health in the workplace [The Age]

What is repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and how does it actually work [The Conversation]

Why the TGA should reschedule MDMA and psilocybin for the treatment of mental illness [The Conversation]

 
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Health and Community Services Union unveils radical proposal to legalise cannabis {Cairns Post]

Rundown of Geelong region projects funded in State Budget [Daily Telegraph]

Trouble accessing support behind high rate of male suicide, says Australia’s mental health chief [Sound Telegraph]

 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 14 MAY 2021
 
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A bigger budget for mental health services won’t necessarily improve Australia’s mental health [The Conversation]

ADHD affects girls too, and it can present differently to the way it does in boys. Here’s what to look out for [The Conversation]

Australia's mental health: Calls for more holistic approach to support as increased demand from COVID-19 puts strain on services' workforce [Jimboomba Times]

Beyond Blue welcomes largest ever mental health investment by a Commonwealth Government

BUDGET 2021: What's in it for First Nations Australians? [SBS]

Budget moves for youth health welcome as a first step

Call for more kids’ mental health support after coronavirus and bushfires [The Age]

Community groups decry 'shameful' budget [Armidale Express]

Deaths prompt mental health Medicare push [The West Australian]

Early interventions key to COVID-19 mental health [Insight Plus]

Experts question Morrison's alarm over NDIS costs [Canberra Times]

Government pledges $13.2 billion to the NDIS amid independent assessments furore [SBS]

HESTA welcomes scrapping of $450 threshold, but Federal Budget has few additional measures to close super gap for women [National Tribune]

International Nurses Day 2021: Nurses leading way [Mirage News]

Mental health budget reflects the struggle of the last 12 months [Pro Bono]

Mental Health Commission awarded for outstanding campaigns [Mirage News]

MIL-OSI Submissions: Australia Budget Reaction – Federal budget measures must be inclusive – AMES Australia [Foreign Affairs]

Talkback: Funding mental health services in Australia [ABC]

Top 3 questions – Mental illness, eating disorders and mental health discrimination [Department of Health]

Woman-friendly budget: Funding for domestic violence prevention, health programs [The Age]

Women’s health CEOs demand gender-specific mental health funding [The Age]

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Budget 2021: We can’t boost Australia’s mental health without honesty about Morrison government funding [The Australian]

Federal Budget 2021: Government announces ‘largest package’ $10b aged care funding [Herald Sun]

 
 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 7 MAY 2021
 
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A third of children experience mental health issues after concussion, research finds [ABC]

ACTU, mental health groups and academics call on Cash to back reforms to protect mental health at work [ACTU]

Concerns Australia's mental health system not coping with demand (VIDEO) [ABC]

Deaths prompt mental health Medicare push [The West Australian]

‘Just putting out fires’: how police remain the default frontline in mental health crisis [The Guardian]

Linda Reynolds says Coalition will keep ‘some form’ of independent NDIS assessments

Mates in construction: suicide prevention is finally in focus [Building Connection]

Mental health services under threat as COVID-19 pushes Australia to 'crisis' point, experts say [ABC]

Monash to help deliver mental health action program in Australian schools [Mirage News]

Navigating a confusing and complex mental health system: a guide to care [The Guardian]

Public servants should take a wellbeing-led approach to COVID-19 recovery, leaders say [The Mandarin]

Spike in demand for perinatal mental health support [ABC]

The rise of pop-psychology: can it make your life better, or is it all snake-oil?[The Conversation]

Water allocation uncertainty swirls around Paradise Dam, sparking mental health fears [ABC]

‘We can’t afford not to act’: experts on their hopes for mental health in Australia’s budget

 
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Ambulance Victoria plan finds right aid for mental health patients 

 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 30 APRIL 2021
 
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'A landmark event': 9,000 principals unite to tackle mental health crisis [The Educator]

Barriers to reform: why good policy ideas get left on the shelf [Croakey]

Doctor with patients from Stolen Generations fears NDIS reforms will be 'traumatic and triggering' [SBS]

Interactive health workshops for emergency service crews [Mail-Times]

It’s rare to be able to tell the truth – here’s what’s wrong with the mental health system [The Guardian]

‘Lives being wasted’: how Australia’s mental health system lets young people down [The Guardian]

More than half of Australians will experience trauma, most before they turn 17. We need to talk about it [The Conversation]

New authority could transform Māori health, but only if it’s a leader, not a partner [The Conversation]

Prevention, not cure: ‘We can’t just approach mental health from the disease end' [The Guardian]

Urgent need to find safe ways for patients to withdraw from antidepressants, survey finds [The Guardian]

We know how to tackle Australia's suicide crisis, but success depends on swift government action [ABC]

Why is mental healthcare treatment among children and young adults so low? [Impact/Monash University]

Yes, ADHD could explain some of Andrew Laming’s behaviour. But it doesn’t make it OK [The Conversation]

 
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Mental health support when and where it's needed (by MHV CEO Angus Clelland) [The Courier]

South-west suicide support program The Way Back launched [The Standard] 

 
 
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 23 APRIL 2021
 
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COVID a watershed, says Lifeline boss [Canberra Times]

Disability advocates welcome move to pause independent assessments [Pro Bono News]

Electric dreams - the future of mental healthcare is digital [Straits Times]

How intimate partner violence affects children’s health [The Conversation]

‘Like hunting for unicorns’: Australians on the search for adequate, affordable mental healthcare [The Guardian]

Mental health initiatives are having an impact in rural Australia, experts say [ABC]

Minimum ratio of school psychologists needed as mental illness soars [Sydney Morning Herald]

‘People are walking around with really high levels of distress’: Australia’s regional mental health plight [The Guardian]

Pharmacists are on the frontline of Australia's mental health battle, but they're often overlooked [ABC]

Recognising children as victims of crime in their own right [Pro Bono News]

Road to nowhere: New Zealanders struggle to get the help they need, 2 years on from a funding boost for mental health services [The Conversation]

TAL partners with virtual healthcare provider [Business Insurance Australia]

'The worst it’s ever been’: Guardian readers tell us about Australia’s mental health system [The Guardian]

Three Ways Virtual Reality Could Transform Mental Health Treatment [eMHIC]

VACC’s mental health agenda, Program to identify and prevent mental health issues now available through the VACC [Go Auto News]

Wimmera mental-health centre part of Horsham discussions [The Weekly Advertiser]

 

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WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 16 APRIL 2021
 
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Body image campaign targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities slipping through the cracks [Pro Bono]

Free education workshops build capacity in community for suicide prevention [The Courier] 

Kiwi Charity Expands To 58 Countries With International Association For Suicide Prevention Partnership [Scoop]

Mental health training for accounting profession officially launched [Public Accountant]

More kids are being diagnosed with ADHD for borderline (yet challenging) behaviours. Our new research shows why that’s a worry [The Conversation]

NDIS independent assessments forget that food fuels function [National Tribune]

Why community-based services are vital for building mental health resilience [Pro Bono]

 

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WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 9 APRIL 2021 
 
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Art helps veterans and first responders heal from post-traumatic stress and depression [ABC]

Aussies didn't skip GP trip in COVID times [Canberra Times]

Australia's $1bn disability employment service criticised over poor outcomes and reduced employment [The Guardian]

Australia’s Paid Parental Leave scheme improves mental health among women [HRD]

Could microdosing be as good as yoga for your mood? It’s not that big a stretch [The Conversation]

Depression, burnout, insomnia, headaches: how a toxic and sexist workplace culture can affect your health [The Conversation]

Developing a systems approach to enable patient navigation [Croakey]

Mental illness must not become a political football [The Guardian]

Pressure grows on Morrison government to halt new NDIS assessment plan [The Guardian]

Regional Victoria in the mental health spotlight [The Courier]

Suffering in silence: people who use drugs overlooked in mental health [The Bulletin]

Supporting cognitive and mental health in young Australians [Monash]

Swinburne and Medibank extend first-of-its-kind partnership [Swinburne]

The cruel lottery of access to mental health treatment in Australia infuriates me [The Guardian]

The true cost of the government’s changes to JobSeeker is incalculable. It’s as if it didn’t learn from Robodebt

'Unique space' to boost mental health in Ballarat businesses 

 

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Aussie kids in crisis calling Kids Helpline every minute, shocking new statistics show [NT News]

Geelong’s latest development news for week of March 29 (The construction of a new, 16-bed mental health facility for public patients at the McKellar Centre in North Geelong will start in coming months) [Geelong Advertiser]

One to five-year-old children still experiencing COVID anxiety: survey [NT News]

 

 

WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 26 MARCH 2021 
 
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You don’t need to see a psychologist to realise permanent telehealth is a no-brainer [New Daily]

One veteran on average dies by suicide every 2 weeks. This is what a royal commission needs to look at [The Conversation]

Co-design space offers new era of mental health care [RACGP]

Youth anxiety and depression are at record levels. Mental health hubs could be the answer [The Conversation]

Mental health crisis: Why the suicide rate for veterinarians is so high [9 News]

Ditching PowerPoint for falls prevention: Aged care training to provide more practical skills [Sydney Morning Herald]

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Push for mental health probe to visit Geelong [Geelong Advertiser]

 

 

Week ending Friday 19 March 2021
 
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Evidence shows mental illness isn’t a reason to doubt women survivors [The Conversation]

National survey finds safety and affirmation essential fundamental needs for LGBTQA+ young people [ABC]

Push to tackle children’s mental health in primary schools [The Age]

Mental health reports provide a template for nation [Mirage News]

Spending time in nature has always been important, but now it’s an essential part of coping with the pandemic [The Conversation]

ASIC v TAL Federal Court decision highlights poor practices of insurers in relation to mental health [Mirage News]

Northern Grampians council backs resilience in schools [Weekly Advertiser]

Push to tackle children’s mental health in primary schools [The Age]

‘People are fatigued’: Mental health services still in high demand [SMH]

Mental health pilot program expands to more primary schools [Open Forum]

The debate around mental illness, trauma, and memory [ABC]

Shifting Gears: success stories and way-points on the road to consumer-centred health care [Croakey]

Transforming mental health care through lived experience [Pursuit/UniMelb] 

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Royal comission mental health recommendations must take into account rural context [Weekly Times]

Mental health in regional Victoria: Shocking extent of suicide laid bare [Weekly Times}

Advocates plead for youth mental health beds [Geelong Advertiser]

Barwon Health monthly jobs tally rises from 93 to 160 [Geelong Advertiser]

Rural Outreach Program trial receives positive community support [Ararat Advertiser]