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Greens respond to Christian Group lobbying for freedom to discriminate against people with mental illness

“It is unbelievable to think that anyone would want more opportunity to discriminate against people with mental ill health, but that’s apparently exactly the case for FamilyVoice.

“I am gobsmacked that this organisation thinks that upsetting a church service is a reason to unbolt protections for people who are struggling. People with mental ill health should not be discriminated against, they need increased supports and understanding.

“This is cruel and further entrenches stereotypes when so many people are working to do the opposite”.  

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The NT Government should re-assess funding decision for LifeLine

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

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

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 commit to reducing mental health gap for country Victorians

Greens commit to reducing mental health gap for country Victorians

The Greens have announced a $280 million plan to bridge the divide between mental health services in the city and in rural and regional areas.

“All Australians deserve to live a healthy life, and good mental health is such an important part of staying healthy,” said the Australian Greens mental health spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Greens back new approach to suicide prevention

Greens back new approach to suicide prevention

The Greens have backed calls for the development and introduction of a new approach to suicide prevention, supporting the recommendations of the National Mental Health Commission.

“Right now seven Australians die from suicide every day,” said the Australian Greens mental health spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Greens announce $1.4 billion boost for mental health sector

Greens announce $1.4 billion boost for mental health sector

The Greens have announced a mental health package that turns the system’s focus to prevention and early diagnosis with an additional $1.4 billion in funding.

“Today the Greens announce a big investment in mental health services, which is so often overlooked and underfunded,” said Dr Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader and former GP.

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Cuts to mental health funding in the budget

Senator RICE: I want to start with the overall portfolio budget statement for mental health. There appears to be a fall-off in mental health funding. This is program 2.1, where we go from $700 million in 2016-17 to $717 million in 2017-18 to $730 million in 2018-19 and then down to $547 million in 2019-20.

Mr Cormack: It is the transition to the NDIS.

Senator RICE: What exactly is being cut to have that—

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Jump in suicide rates demands national priority

Jump in suicide rates demands national priority

With the latest figures showing a dramatic increase of 11.4% in the national suicide rate, the Greens have called on the federal government to urgently implement a suicide prevention program that puts people at the centre of care.

“These distressing figures must be a wakeup call to change the way we approach suicide prevention,” said the Australian Greens mental health spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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