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    A gathering of more than 140 experts from the mental health and community sectors are meeting on Tuesday 21 May (tomorrow) in Canberra to discuss the future of mental health reform in Australia. Hosted by the Mental Health Council of Australia and the National Mental Health Commission, the meeting will focus on outlining the NGO sector’s ambitions for improving the lives of people who experience mental illness, and their carers, over the next 10-20 years.

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    Published in The Australian, 15 May 2013 COMING at the start of Schizophrenia Awareness Week, there were two disturbing articles in The Weekend Australian on May 11: Richard Guilliatt’s magazine feature “My meeting with madness” and the accompanying front-page article “Mentally ill more prone to violence”.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has described tonight’s federal budget as a missed opportunity to continue to build on much needed investment in mental health reform.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Westacott as Chair of its Board.

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    Recognition and Respect: Mental Health Carers Report 2012 was officially launched on 28 November 2012 today by the Hon Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers and Jackie Crowe, National Mental Health Commissioner, at Parliament House. The report, commissioned by the Mental Health Council of Australia, provides an insight into the lives of some of the most dedicated yet vulnerable members of our community: people who regularly care for someone with a mental illness.

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    Recognition and Respect: Mental Health Carers Report 2012 was officially launched on 28 November 2012 by the Hon Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers and Jackie Crowe, National Mental Health Commissioner, at Parliament House. The report, commissioned by the Mental Health Council of Australia, provides an insight into the lives of some of the most dedicated yet vulnerable members of our community: people who regularly care for someone with a mental illness.

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    The Mental Health Council of Australia has welcomed the release of Australia’s first National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. “The National Report Card gives us a snapshot of where Australia currently is and takes a whole-of-life approach, looking at physical health, employment, relationships, education, housing and homelessness, community participation, family and child support and justice. This shows us that we’ve come a long way over the last 20 or so years, but we still have a long way to go”, said Mr Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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    More than 90 ninety mental health and social services organisations have joined forces to review the way services are provided to people affected by mental illness in Australia, following their first ever Council of Non-Government Organisations ( CONGO ) on Mental Health meeting in Canberra. “In many ways, Australia is already a world-leader in mental health” says Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, which co-hosted the historic meeting along with the National Mental Health Commission.

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    One- in- five people will experience mental illness this year. It’s an astounding statistic but one that for too long has not made headlines. Mental illness is more common than you think and it touches people of all ages and from all walks of life. However it’s a subject that is too often hidden or stigmatised due to shame or embarrassment. As a result, many thousands of people are left feeling isolated and alone. This is what the Mental Health Council of Australia will address in its national campaign for World Mental Health Day 2012.

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    The Hon. Mark Butler MP , Minister for Mental Health joined fellow parliamentarians and mental health sector advocates and stakeholders at a breakfast to officially launch World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2012. One-in-five people will experience mental illness this year. It’s an astounding statistic but one that for too long has not made headlines. “We want people to know that whoever they are and wherever they live, they’re not alone”, says Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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