Mental health services deserve better deal
While welcoming any new investment, most believe there is still a long way to go for mental health, writes Annie May.
One out if every five people in Australia will experience mental illness each year. Of those, about two-thirds don't receive any treatment in a 12-month period. Nine per cent of the nation's children have a long-term mental health problem - most don't receive treatment. Poor mental health increases the incidence of heart disease, stroke and cancer. These are the facts that those working in the field already know. Politicians have also been made aware of them, but mental health groups still hold concerns that they aren't giving them the attention and action they deserve. It's past time to give...
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