This story from the SMH this week says something to me.
Lets NOT blame the gov as I have been all my life.
The story say’s the GOV have potential resources and we have many caring people who want to make a difference.
I know that together we can easily create a national transformation system which teaches the people personal and wellness transformation.
We can become a national inspiration which integrates personal transformation into a national ‘wellness’ sport.
Who Can I be?
So here’s the article by lisa Pryor from the SMH
July 3, 2010 The story which prompted this column cannot be properly told. It was something I saw, something I have seen three times in the past year within walking distance of my home. In each case it was really something I just missed, passing by when the only things left were flashing lights and the sickening shape of something human under plastic. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of these three deaths in my neighbourhood is that nothing has come of them. If they had been murders, or even car accidents, they would have made the news. There would have been coverage on the police website, with talk of armed suspects and northerly directions, maybe even reference in a local newsletter. Instead there was silence because these were ”just” suicides. The federal government has an entire initiative devoted to playing down the reporting of suicides in the media. This is to discourage copycat deaths. If you think I exaggerate when I use the term ”playing down”, here is some of the advice from the government’s Mindframe website so you can judge for yourself: ”Consider whether the story needs to be run at all; position the story on the inside pages of a paper or magazines, or further down in the order of reports in TV and radio news.” There is something sad, or telling, that the very government which has failed to give mental health the funding it deserves has zealously discouraged reporting on the most catastrophic aspect of this topic. This week when I spoke to Professor Ian Hickie, executive director of the Brain and Mind Research Centre at the University of Sydney, he said the reporting restrictions have ”fed into doing nothing”. ”It was a Canberra-run thing … and it went with a drive not to fix services.” The Australian of the Year, Patrick McGorry, has spoken out about the limits on the reporting of suicide and called for the guidelines to be relaxed. Imagine if those campaigning for road safety or cancer funding were subjected to the same constraints as those campaigning for mental health. And yet in spite of the difficulties, mental health is finally back on the national agenda. The chain of events which led to this began last month with the resignation of Professor John Mendoza, a protest against the inaction of the government he was advising. It continued on Wednesday with the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, pledging to boost mental health funding by $1.5 billion, with a focus on youth and early intervention. There are a lot of people hoping Abbott’s pledge will be matched by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who is believed to have a better understanding of mental health than her predecessor, not least because she is the daughter of a retired psychiatric nurse. Bipartisan support for mental health funding and suicide prevention is particularly important for young people. Ignoring this part of the health system means ignoring young people, who are more likely to die by suicide than any other way. And yet think of how much less you hear about the mental health of young people as opposed to the dangers of them driving. The culture of silence around suicide only contributes to this neglect. The youth mental health organisation Headspace advises that it is a myth that asking young people about suicidal thoughts will only put ideas in their heads. This discomfort contributes to low detection rates of young people who are suicidal. ”Schools are often hesitant to implement suicide prevention programs due to discomfort about raising the issue of suicidal ideation with students. Similarly, GPs are often reluctant to ask about suicide for fear of triggering suicidal behaviour,” the website says. Talking and connecting is what saves people, whether it is speaking to someone you know, calling Lifeline on 131 114, or checking out an online resource such as http://www.reachout.com. Attending the funeral of a friend who has died as a result of mental illness should not be a rite of passage so many of us go through during our 20s. Anyone who has been through this experience knows that the word ”just” should never come before the word ”suicide”. Families who lose loved ones in this manner experience a particularly horrific pain. The only good thing I have learnt from attending events like this is that the most important thing any of us can do for the well-being of our friends and family is to stay alive no matter how painful it might feel in the short term. We need to fund mental health properly so more people can succeed in the monumental achievement of simply living.