ANDERSON SAYS … SPEAK UP ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is continuing to push for better Mental Health Services after speaking up at a high level meeting in the NSW parliament today.
Mr Anderson said it’s important to keep the conversation going and the more we talk about mental health the more we will be able to help people.
“Rural and remote mental health is a big issue and today was an opportunity for me to speak up about the need for better mental health services for the Tamworth Electorate.
“Today I met with the Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies MP, Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Resources, NSW Health, Dr Nigel Lyons, Chief Executive, Flourish Australia, Mark Orr, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) Professor David Perkins and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program’s (RAMHP) Tessa Caton.
“We need to increase services not only at the acute phase of mental health, but in early support and services for people before they get to the acute hospital phase.
“This is where the rubber hits the road and I believe the Non-Government Organisations have a big role to play. We have a number of local organisations who are able to assist people on a daily basis including Flourish and Centacare.
“I recently met with a number of mentors, doing an excellent job in working with and supporting people who have mental health challenges. Most people don’t want to go to an institution and need that early personal support to help them through the crisis they are dealing with at the time.
“It’s the case workers and mentors who can talk them through, bringing them back from the edge, helping them to deal with their challenges, and responding to their issues.
“People in rural and remote areas are more likely to die by suicide than those in major cities with twice as many Australians suiciding every year compared to road accidents.
“This is really important and we need to keep working on the challenges we face and push for more services and facilities for our region,” Mr Anderson concluded.
If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 or if there is an emergency or immediate danger call 000.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, meets with mental health experts in NSW Parliament today.