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Make mental health a priority on World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day, Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, has called on the Government to ensure that funding of mental health services matches the total health burden of mental ill-health in Australia.

“One in five Australians will experience a mental health condition this year alone – that means we are all touched by it in some way, whether it is ourselves, a partner, a friend, a neighbour or a colleague,” Senator Wright said.

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Tasmania next stop on Senator’s rural mental health tour

Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, will visit Tasmania as part of her Australia-wide regional, rural and remote mental health services consultation this week.

 "I really want to get a comprehensive picture of the unique challenges faced by people living in regional, rural and remote areas when it comes to accessing mental health services," Senator Wright said.

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Reach out to others on R U OK? Day

Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, has encouraged all Australians to reach out to others today and ask a friend, colleague or family member if they are okay.

Today is R U OK? Day, a national day of action aimed at reducing suicide by raising awareness of the issues and empowering Australians to connect with friends and loved ones.

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World Suicide Prevention Day motion

We move that the Senate

(a) notes that:
(i) Monday, 10th September 2012, is World Suicide Prevention Day;

(b) recognises that:
(i) Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for men under 44 years of age and women under 34 years of age;
(ii) The most recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reports death due to suicide at 2,132 people per year, which amounts to 6 deaths by suicide a day or one every 4 hours;
(iii) Suicide remains underreported and estimates suggest that the total number of deaths could be as high as 2,500 a year;

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Work together to reduce suicide numbers: Greens

Commemorating today's World Suicide Prevention Day, Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said more community awareness and accurate data on suicide were needed to address the high incidence of suicide in Australia.

Senator Wright will move a motion in the Senate today that calls on all governments to promote public awareness and remove barriers to the accurate collection of suicide data in Australia, as recommended in the 2010 Senate committee report The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia.

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