An Urgent Need To Keep Mental Health In Mind

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An Urgent Need To Keep Mental Health In Mind

These days every Australian knows that sooner or later they will experience poor mental health, either personally or within their own family. What they may not know yet is that they will struggle to access the same quality healthcare that we all take for granted when we develop physical health problems.

Less than half of those with a need for mental healthcare access it, and if they do it is typically too little, too late and of variable quality. If we develop a mental illness we will die up to 20 years earlier than other Australians. We will not fulfil our true potential, and risk ending up on the scrapheap of welfare dependency and poverty. Mental health care and research suffer from serious underinvestment, yet they represent by far the best value for money for governments increasingly concerned about the sustainability of the health system.

– Prof Patrick McGorry

via An urgent need to keep mental health in mind.

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  1. Suzette Misrachi August 19, 2014 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I totally agree with Professor Patrick McGorry. I have done some research entitled “Lives unseen: Unacknowledged Trauma of Non-Disordered, Competent Adult Children of Parents with a Severe Mental Illness”. This research addresses the impact of trauma and grief across the lifespan of children and adults exposed or raised by a disordered parent. This (jargon free) work speaks to some of the things Professor McGorry is communicating. It provides some insights and perhaps even answers to some questions. Since its public release (Sept 2013), there’s been well over 600 downloads/viewers in over 27 countries – clearly there’s not enough research on this topic. Here’s the direct link:
    I also authored a resource website on the grief of the same population studied. It’s being used by some at The Royal Children’s Hospital, the Victoria VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service Department of Veterans’ Affairs, other mental health teams including other institutions and individuals in Australia and internationally. (The Loss & Grief page has a Japanese translation following my presentation to emergency and medical personnel in Japan post tsunami and Fukushima meltdown). Here’s the link:
    I look forward to hearing from anybody regarding this work and welcome comments – critical or otherwise. Please feel free to forward or circulate these 2 links as appropriate. They are aimed at prevention. I hope they are useful.
    Kind regards,
    Suzette Misrachi

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