Take care of your mental health this month
Did you know that the rate for mental illness in rural and remote Australia is significantly higher (sometimes double) than the national average? It’s time we paid attention. Last week was Mental Health Week, a time to raise not only community awareness for a growing presence of mental illness in regional communities, but also a reminder to check in and chat with your family and friends.
On Mental Health Awareness Day, our Assistant Minister for Rural Health and Lyne MP Dr David Gillespie spoke about the leading role the Federal Government is taking to ensure tackling mental health issues remain front and centre:
“Our mental health reforms are aimed at providing better targeted, accessible and effective services for all Australians.”
Pledging $192 million over the next four years, the reforms aim to ensure the best help and services are available for those suffering, their families and their carers no matter where you live.
An additional $12 million will be allocated for to the Suicide Prevention Research Fund and $3 million over three years will support the consistent evaluation and improvement of the 12 regional suicide prevention trials around Australia.
With one in four people between the age of 16 to 24 suffering mental illness, October 11 marked the inaugural National headspace Day – a day dedicated to ensuring all young Australians know where and how they can get help for mental health illnesses. Funding has been announced for an additional ten headspace centres across the country, specifically targeting rural and regional communities.
In partnership with the Centre of Rural and Remote Mental Health and The Land, the NSW Government launched its seventh edition of The Glove Box Guide to Mental Health in Orange last week. The Glove Box Guide to Mental Health is a fantastic resource with a directory of available services and showcases successful stories of people living well with mental illness. Grab a copy of The Land during October to get a copy.
In addition to the various initiatives being rolled out, treating mental illness can start with a simple conversation over the fence. For support, you can call Lifeline at any time on 13 11 14.