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$41.5 million postal marriage survey underspend must go into LGBTIQ mental health services: Greens

It has been revealed in the Government Mid-Year Economic Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) that the marriage equality postal survey came in $41.5m under budget; this must now go towards mental health services for LGBTIQ people, the Australian Greens said today. 

“While we are all overjoyed about finally achieving marriage equality in Australia, this survey should never have happened in the first place and it was a huge outlay of tax payer money for an unnecessary exercise that hurt our LGBTIQ communities,” said Senator Janet Rice, the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

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Senate supports $20 million from postal survey redirected to mental health services

The Australian Greens have secured senate support for a motion calling for the $20 million not spent in the marriage equality postal survey to be directed to mental health services.  

“The marriage equality survey came in $20 million under budget, meanwhile mental health services were put under immense pressure due to the scrutiny inflicted on the LGBTIQ community, having a significant impact on their mental health”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Mental Health Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

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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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