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    The announcement this week by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Mark Butler, and Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Emma McBride – to fund two independent national mental health lived experience peak bodies, one representing consumers and the other representing carers, families and kin – is welcome news.

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    A very happy new year to you all and welcome back to the first Mental Health Australia Weekly Update for the year.

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    In the final CEO blog for the year, before we close the office and take some well-deserved annual leave it’s a good time to reflect on our work this year.

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    No, this week’s blog is not about Christmas, that’s coming soon. It is the time of the year that the Treasurer calls for Pre-Budget Submissions so many organisations are developing proposals to inform government on where they should be targeting their investments in next year’s Federal Budget. Not quite as exciting as the festive season but a window of opportunity not to be missed.

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    Mental Health Australia has had a consistent advocacy role in the development of the National Disability Insurance Scheme ( NDIS ) since its inception in 2013, leading the call for the inclusion of people with psychosocial disability, who were initially excluded from the scheme.

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    As I write my last message this week I am thinking about our sector and what I want to say in farewell. And it’s about engaging even when there is risk. Have you jumped out of a plane, or taken on bungee jumping? Or perhaps extreme surfing or bushwalking? People prepare, they stand on the edge, take a deep breath - and then mostly they close their eyes and jump. I couldn’t do it! I would not be able to get over my own fear to step into the risk.

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    This week we cannot have avoided being made aware of the treatment of primary school aged child ‘prisoners’ in a Perth justice centre. This was a picture of trauma, disadvantage, distress and injustice. And it was not the first time. At the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Period Review (a three year cycle of review) of Australia’s compliance with international human rights charters to which we are signatory, 29 of 47 countries made a recommendation relating to the age of criminal responsibility as demonstrated in the recommendation by the Republic of Maldova: “[That Australia] adjust the national child justice system in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years of age”.

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    One of the very best things that we have back (post-Covid) is chats at work with colleagues in the kitchen. These are the best conversations (and I will very much miss them when I leave Mental Health Australia in a couple of weeks). Today three of us were talking about the terrible impact on us and/or individuals in our families of bullying. As older women we were recalling incidents of face to face bullying witnessed or experienced at school before the cyber era and we noted how much more toxic the online environment seems to be for young people these days.

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    A few years ago, I went to Finland on a holiday. My late husband who had a fascination with Nordic countries selected Finland for us at that time and later he went to Iceland in a journey he had been wishing for his whole life. He wrote on a postcard back to our daughters that he had been meeting “warm wonderful people”

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    I have been reading about the Diwali festival which has been a feature in our communities over the past week. With light, candles and even fireworks this celebration represents the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and wisdom over ignorance.

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