Last week saw the introduction of a new mental health bill, which is currently before the state parliament. The bill, which replaces the previous 15 year old act, has been applauded by mental health officials for its consumer-focused changes and commitment to community based care. I spoke to Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck about the bill, and just what it means for Queenslanders. This October 10 during Mental Health Week, head down to Musgrave Park for Sanity Fair, an event to raise awareness, promote open conversations about mental illness and break down stigma. There’ll be live music, activities, information stalls, a conversations tent and free food, clothing and toiletries so check it out.
The National Mental Health Commission released their latest report in April this year, and it revealed that rural & regional Australians are increasingly being forgotten or under-supported by our healthcare system. I spoke to David Butt, CEO of the Commission, about the report’s findings, and what can be done to address this issue. Continue reading Commission reveals mental health problems in outback Australia