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    From Bondi Beach to Possum Creek, Bunbury to Bellerive - World Mental Health Day and the ‘Do You See What I See?’ campaign has struck a chord this year.

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    This week I was delighted to launch an Art Exhibition in Canberra raising awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Part of BPD Awareness Week, the exhibition featured a range of artworks and installations created by people who live with BPD. People with lived experience, expressing themselves and publically displaying that expression.”

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    When the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released its 2016 National Survey this week, Pat McGorry was quick to highlight the link between mental ill health and self-medication when he said; “Mental ill health drives self-medication with drugs and alcohol and yet virtually no services are equipped to respond to this toxic blend.”

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    A former Prime Minister assaulted, discarded postal votes found on suburban streets, disgruntled employers and employees voicing opinions on social media, chalk rainbows outside post boxes, planes leaving trails of ‘NO’ smoke behind them… and constant debate. Personal and divisive debate. That’s the discourse we are seeing as the nation answers one simple ‘Yes or No’ question via post.

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    Over the last decade or so we’ve come so far in reducing stigma. I am heartened to see my own children and their friends having conversations that were simply not possible when I was their age. This week alone, World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK Day have continued to raise awareness and encourage people to seek, and provide help to family and friends.

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    To say my children are the next stolen generation is completely offensive to Indigenous people, my partner and I, and my children. They are not growing up without either a mum or dad, rather they are lucky enough to be growing up with two mums and two dads. And grandparents and cousins and aunties and so on. They are surrounded by people who love them and want only the best for them. Surely children only benefit from more people loving them?

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    The Consumer and Carer (C&C) team provide secretariat support to members of the National Register of Mental Health Consumer and Carer Representatives (National Register) and the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF). The C&C team also perform all functions consumer and carer related, such as organising consumer and carer consultations, submissions, workshops, and a national selection process to assist organisations seeking lived experience representation.

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    The current transition period is unique in the life of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Never again will such large numbers of people be required to move into the Scheme in such a short period of time. Difficulties were expected, given the numbers of people involved and the complexity of the task at hand. However, people with severe mental illness have been seriously impacted by these implementation issues. This is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue.

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    Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan is currently on leave and has invited colleagues to provide a guest blog each week. These blogs are the views of each guest blogger and not the opinions of Mental Health Australia. This week’s guest blog comes from Janet Milford, the ACT carer representative on the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum.

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    Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan is currently on leave and has invited colleagues to provide a guest blog each week. This week’s guest blog comes from Josh Fear, our Acting Deputy CEO at Mental Health Australia.

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