The national suicide prevention charity, R U OK? was founded by Gavin Larkin in collaboration with Janina Nearn after the suicide death of Gavin’s father, Barry Larkin, in 1995.
R U OK?’s vision is to have a world where each and every person is connected with others, and all are protected from suicide.
This year, R U OK?Day is being held on Thursday 14th of September. R U OK?Day is a dedicated day to reminding everyone that we are all able to ask “are you okay” and that we have what it takes to support those struggling with life.
Autism, correctly known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a lifelong developmental condition which typically affects the way in which an individual relates to people, and his or her environment. Autism Spectrum Australia states approximately one in 100 individuals are living with ASD and nearly four times as many males are affected as females. Children can often be identified as living with ASD from around the age of two years but less severe cases may not be detected until much later in childhood, or even adulthood.
We all know who to call in an emergency involving a car accident or a fire, but many people do not know whom to call when an emergency involves mental health.
You are still able to call Triple Zero (000) if you have an emergency involving mental health where your or another person’s life is at imminent risk.
There are also other numbers available to call should emergency services be delayed in responding, or if there is an emergency that is not life threatening. These numbers SHOULD NOTreplace calling Triple 000 if you or another person requires urgent medical attention or is at risk to self or others.
June 13th signifies the beginning of Men’s Health Week - why is this important to know?
Men’s Health Week seeks to bring awareness to issues that specifically relate to men, or have more of an impact on men. According to the Australian Government’s website for the National Mental Health Commission, up to five times as many men as females take their own lives every year; men are also more at risk from social violence than most other social groups.
If you, or a male you know, is experiencing mental health difficulties or needs assistance, the following numbers are dedicated to helping men throughout difficult times.
Often clients will receive a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from their General Practitioner (GP) which allows them to receive a Medicare rebate of up to $84.80 (prices subject to change) for up to 10 sessions per calendar year with a psychologist.
Many clients may feel that they will be unable to afford to continue seeing their psychologist once their MHCP has been claimed in full.
There are a number of events in October, being Mental Health Awareness Month; October 4, 2015 to October 11, 2015 is Mental Health Week and October 10th is World Mental Health Day.
This years theme for World Mental Health Day is “dignity in mental health”.
The aim is to “raise awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity, through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns.” (WHO, 2015)