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R U OK? Day - The Power of Connecting

I've recently learned about a wonderful African concept: Ubuntu. It means 'I am what I am because of who we all are.' It speaks of being larger than an individual - being connected to others and part of a community. Ubuntu. Essentially, it means we can't be human by ourselves.

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New Parliament must commit to reducing suicide rates

The Australian Greens will work with other parties in the new parliament to tackle suicide rates, especially in rural areas, says Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright.

Speaking on World Suicide Prevention Day, Senator Wright said research continued to show suicide rates were higher in rural and regional areas.

"Every suicide has a profound impact on families and whole communities. We all need to work urgently on reversing this devastating trend," Senator Wright said.

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Old parties sideline mental health

Tony Abbott's mental health policy is so small, it's an insult to the thousands of Australians living with mental ill-heath, says Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright.

"Tony Abbott's announcement today is a huge disappointment," Senator Wright said.

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Health for all: Greens investing in healthcare

Every Australian deserves good healthcare. Where you live, or how much money you earn, shouldn't decide how well you get looked after when you are sick. The Greens are standing up for universal, quality healthcare at this election.

We cannot risk Tony Abbott making extreme cuts to healthcare services which will hurt millions of people - but by caving into big business and mining lobbyists, the Labor Party has missed opportunities to raise revenue to fund better healthcare for Australians.

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Quality mental health care for all Australians

A caring society looks after everyone. Right now our mental health system is under pressure to provide care for all who need it.

Our plan for mental health will invest in quality mental health services so all Australians can get the help they need, when they need it.

We know that 45% of Australians will experience mental ill-health at some stage in their lives. That's why we need a strong mental health system to respond to the needs of Australians who are negotiating the challenges of mental illness. 

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Greens to deliver millions for rural mental health care

The Australian Greens' plan to  invest more than half a billion dollars in mental health services across rural and regional Australia will save lives and build stronger communities, say Senators Penny Wright and Peter Whish-Wilson.

Launching the party's rural mental health policy in Launceston today, Australian Greens' mental health spokesperson Senator Wright said the policy was based on recommendations sought directly from rural communities.

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