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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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    This week we acknowledge the unique and invaluable contributions of carers, support people, and their family members and loved ones

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    I have been thinking about why writing today here in this weekly message about my decision to leave Mental Health Australia has been extra hard. It’s because this weekly message has become such an important connection between us.

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    “I am so sick of hearing about mental health” he said after I answered his question about where I work. He had trouble articulating why he was sick of hearing about it. It seemed to be a sense that the radio + news + TV + life in general was saturated with rhetoric and it was overwhelming. For my taxi driver its mental health YEAR not just mental health week and month 2022 with World Mental Health Day on Monday 10th! It’s all too much for him.

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    On Wednesday we proudly launched Walk the Talk. The video is a Mental Health Australia mini-documentary production, created in collaboration with Six O’Clock Advisory, that examines the state of mental health in Australia, including the people, policies and organisations that support Australians experiencing mental ill health every day

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    It’s a big week for an extremely committed Geelong Cats footy club fan like me. We are heading into another AFL Grand Final and I watched the last one from Canberra two years ago during the pandemic restrictions. We have a chance to do one better this time. Go CATS !

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    Do you remember that episode of the US TV fictional drama the “West Wing” when one of the well-known public characters, Josh is shot and in the immediately-held press conference a brief update on his well-being is provided to a packed press gallery.

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    Today I’m wearing my best purple attire for Wear It Purple Day. An international day to raise awareness of the experiences of LGBTIQA + young people, to demonstrate allyship, remind them there is hope and acceptance, and they have every right to be proud of who they are and who they are becoming.

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    This week I had the privilege of participating in Minister Bill Shorten’s engagement with leaders from the disability sector in preparation for the Job Skills Summit and I am sold!

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    The disproportionate rate of suicide amongst our veteran community must not continue, and is a particular responsibility of the Australian Government to prevent. The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is the opportunity to bring together reforms recommended by previous inquiries to create systemic change, and fundamentally improve the wellbeing of Defence personnel and veterans now and into the future.

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