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The NT Government should re-assess funding decision for LifeLine

Rachel Siewert 11 Oct 2016

It was devastating to hear on World Mental Health Day that a refusal to increase funding for Lifeline Top End in the Northern Territory has resulted in the shopfront closing its doors, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today.

“On World Mental Health day it was particularly saddening that an important service that provided face to face counselling and community engagement closed because the Northern Territory Government refused to increase funding, this was a cruel and I would say dangerous decision.

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This World Mental Health Day the Government should announce strong plan to reduce suicide rates

Rachel Siewert 10 Oct 2016

On World Mental Health Day Australian Greens Mental Health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert is calling on the Government to make clear its plan to reduce climbing suicide rates.

“Today Government should reflect on how to reduce increasing suicides rates in this country. We recently learned that suicide rates are at a ten year high, this should urgently jolt the Government into action.

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Suicide rates at ten year high shows more work to do and should prompt a national suicide prevention target: Greens

Rachel Siewert 29 Sep 2016

Suicide rates hitting a devastating ten year high should jolt the Government into implementing a national suicide prevention target whilst addressing what else we need to be doing, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“At a time when so many people are working hard to focus on mental health and suicide rates, it is devastating that suicide rates have hit a ten year high.

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Greens call for national suicide prevention target for World Suicide Prevention Day

Rachel Siewert 10 Sep 2016

In the lead up to World Suicide Prevention Day Australian Greens Mental Health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert is calling on the Government to adopt a national suicide prevention target.

“For the past 10 years, the suicide rate in Australia has not dropped. Action is needed to address the tragedy of people talking their own lives.

“The theme this year is connect, communicate and care, as Suicide Prevention Australia points out, these three words are at the heart of suicide prevention.

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Abbott government cuts lead to axing of high-performing SA community health program

Penny Wright 3 Jul 2015

The Greens say it is deplorable that Abbott Government's health cuts will lead to the loss of an $8 million community care program and force mentally ill patients in South Australia to spend more time in hospitals.

Australian Greens spokesperson on mental health and Senator for South Australia Penny Wright said that the government has pulled the rug out from under this program that works, has been cost-effective, and significantly improves the lives of South Australians.

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Mental health funding extension not a long-term solution

Penny Wright 15 Jun 2015

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (17:05): I do thank the Minister Ley for her response, but in her response to the resolution the minister refers to her decision to give a 12-month funding extension to so-called front-line mental health services. While mental health organisations did welcome this funding extension, it is not by any means a long-term solution. It came far too late for many.

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The Abbott Government must address unmet mental health needs

Penny Wright 12 May 2015

I move that the Senate-

(a) welcomes, after significant delay, the release of the National Mental Health Commission's Report of the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, which found:

(i) mental health care in Australia often comes too late, is fragmented, fails to prevent crisis situations, and often does not take into account a person's broader social needs,

(ii) inadequate responses to significantly higher rates of mental distress, trauma, suicide and intentional self-harm among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and

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