stigma

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Over a year ago the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission identified the need for a national anti-stigma campaign focusing on mental health. It was one of twelve recommendations made in relation to mental health, a recommendation supported by the Federal government. Today, a state government has taken a real step towards implementing this recommendation, at least in Queensland. Mr David Crosbie, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia said; “the Queensland government is to be commended for taking this important step to reduce the level of discrimination experienced by people with a mental illness and their carers.”

Media Releases

Over a year ago the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission identified the need for a national anti-stigma campaign focusing on mental health. It was one of twelve recommendations made in relation to mental health, a recommendation supported by the Federal government. Today, a state government has taken a real step towards implementing this recommendation, at least in Queensland. Mr David Crosbie, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia said; “the Queensland government is to be commended for taking this important step to reduce the level of discrimination experienced by people with a mental illness and their carers.”

Submission

The MHCA and beyondblue call on the Australian Government to end the unfair treatment of people with a mental illness by insurers. What is sought in this submission is a more reasonable assessment of the risks associated with mental illness, a greater understanding of mental illness from the insurance sector and greater respect for mental health consumers.

Submission

MHCA identifies three key areas where governments should take decisive action to reduce suicide and suicide attempts in Australia. These are a new model of community mental health care and support; a new commitment to accountability and research; and specific and appropriate targeting of at-risk groups.

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