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- 2 April, 2023
Mental health support not accessible as cost of living bites
Mental health support is not affordable or accessible at a time when Australians’ mental wellbeing is deteriorating under the weight of cost-of-living pressures, leading experts to warn the Albanese Government must act in the next Budget to save lives. Source: The Age.
Former convent transformed into ‘place of healing’ for struggling parents
Mothers and families experiencing severe postnatal depression and other mental illnesses will be cared for, with their babies, in Queensland’s first dedicated perinatal mental health centre. Source: The Australian.
Mental health workers say Victoria’s suicide spike happening nationally
Victoria has recorded its highest number of annual suicides since the Coroner’s Court started collecting suicide data in 2000, with mental health workers saying the trend is occurring nationally. Source: The Guardian.
Mental health support workers to help address skills shortage
Centacare is calling for regional South Australians to use their experiences with mental illness to help others. Source: ABC News.
CatholicCare to run early intervention clinic for eating disorders
About 80 young people and their families will be able to access eating disorder treatment and support at a CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn early intervention clinic to open next year. Source: Canberra Times.
Government cuts subsidised mental health support to pre-pandemic level
The Albanese Government is citing problems with fair access as it slashes subsidised visits to psychologists in 2023 to the pre-COVID level of 10 per person. Source: Canberra Times.
National study shows suicide prevention requires localised approach
A new study has mapped the prevalence of youth self-harm across Australia, identifying states and regions that need to be prioritised for self-harm and suicide prevention funding and support. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Effect of lockdown on Victoria’s kids revealed in new survey
The toll that COVID-19 lockdowns took on Victorian children’s mental health has been revealed in a new survey that contains reports of depression, self-harm and other effects of isolation. Source: Herald Sun.
Parents offered suicide prevention training
Parents are being called up to the front line of Australia’s mental health crisis as experts brace for the cumulative impact of the pandemic, climate disasters and rising cost-of-living pressures. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.