Aug 26, 2014

Australians for Mental Health

Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, joined with Prof Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year 2010 & Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health, to launch “Australians for Mental Health” at the National Youth Mental Health Campaign Launch & Forum, which took place today at Village Cinemas at Fountain Gate.

Australians for Mental Health will be a Mental Health Advocacy Campaign similar to “Get Up”. To join this mental health advocacy campaign please visit:

Australians for Mental Health – The problem:

• The neglect of mental ill-health is a form of national self- harm that must be stopped;

• Despite increased coverage and awareness of mental health, there still exists a political inertia about mental ill- health.

Australians for Mental Health – What we want”

• The voices of Australians affected by mental ill-health to be heard and responded to;

• Equal access to, and quality of mental health care, as physical health care by 2020 through transformational reform and investment;

• A reduction in the suicide toll to 75% of its current rate – 2,361 deaths per annum – by 2016 and to 50% of its current rate by 2020;

• An increase in annual funding for mental health to 10% of the total health budget by 2016 and to 13% by 2020; as it currently stands at 7%.

• Improved access to mental health care from a level of 40% in 2008 to 60% by 2016 and 80% by 2020

“Mental illness poses by far the greatest threat among all the non-communicable diseases to health, happiness, and economic productivity”, said Prof Patrick McGorry.

“We want to encourage the community to make its voice heard on the need for mental health across the whole lifespan. Our political leaders on both sides of the spectrum need to be further empowered to act and invest in 21st century mental health care for all Australians”, said Prof McGorry.

“The ages between 12 and 25 years are a crucial time in the development of our young men and women and Mental Illness accounts for 50 per cent of the total disease burden among young people in Australia. The forum will continue our ongoing campaign to empower our youth in national and local efforts to reduce the risk of youth depression and other mental health issues in our community”, said Mr Byrne.

“We are really proud to partner again with Prof Patrick McGorry from Orygen Youth Health at the launch of the National Mental Health Campaign called ‘Australians for Mental Health’ at the forum. It’s time to reenergise our campaign for greater national attention and awareness on youth mental health issues and ensure that the voice of Casey’s youth is heard again nationally,’ said Mr Byrne.




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