Mental Health Victoria Media Monitor

WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 24 September 2021
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Australia Post invests in mental health with community grants of up to $10,000 each [National Tribune]

Doctor mental health concerns increase as COVID surge hits hospitals [UNSW]

Free and unlimited mental health in Medicare [National Tribune]

Meet the Australians stuck waiting for mental healthcare as the pandemic takes its toll [ABC]

Mental health programs rolled out [Stock and Land]

New mental health treatment withstands lockdown isolation [ANU]

Waminda House gets $2k grant for mental health and wellbeing project [Seymour Telegraph]


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Ballarat health practitioners hope to provide easier to navigate eating disorder services [The Courier]

Ballarat Men's Mental Health program to tackle city's high suicide rate [The Courier]

Mental health system crisis-driven, says Julia Gillard [The Australian]

National strategy to address eating disorders unveiled as numbers soar during Covid-19 pandemic [Herald Sun]

The Geelong Clinic renovated to support hundreds more patients [Herald Sun]

WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 17 September 2021
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Counselling almost always happens in a room — what if more people had the option of going outside? [The Conversation]

Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Care Is Vital For Indigenous Youth Right Now [Junkee]

In the midst of a pandemic-fuelled mental health crisis, Australians are embracing the healing benefits of arts [ABC]

New National Approach on Suicide Prevention [National Tribune]

New National Suicide Prevention Office set up to save lives [Albany Advertiser]

Outdoor freedoms could be granted for Victorians within days [The Age]

Pushed to the limit: Victorian doctors reveal toll of pandemic-related stress [SBS]

Review rings mental health alarm for young Australians in lockdown [AFR]

Students are amid a mental health and education crisis [Pro Bono]

Suicide intervention training is saving lives [National Tribune]

The terrible cost of neglecting children’s mental health [The Guardian]

Two-thirds of Australians back Suicide Prevention Act [The Advocate]


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Covid-19 lockdown: Kids Helpline says 1000 children feel suicidal [Cairns Post]

Psychologists unable to take on new clients in regional Vic [Daily Telegraph]



WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 10 September 2021
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As COVID lockdowns roll on, eating disorders are surging and wait times are blowing out [ABC] 

Aussies back a national Suicide Prevention Act [Pro Bono]

Call for mental health screening in schools amid surge in psychological distress [Brisbane Times]

Call for Vic student mental health support [Seymour Telegraph]

Chief Psychiatrist ‘comfortable’ with lockdown, mental health consideration [Sydney Morning Herald] 

Drought, virus impacts youth mental health [Bendigo Advertiser]

Fears for children's mental health [ABC] 

Five million Australians impacted by suicide, survey shows [Daily Telegraph]

'Grief is a cost of love': Compassionate Friends offers support, honours loved ones after a suicide loss [Mandurah Mail]

Heartbreak, joy and all things between: meet the Lifeline volunteers [The Citizen]

How AFLW prompted a rethink on mental health policies [AFLW]

How online mindfulness training can help students thrive during the pandemic [The Conversation]

‘I tell everyone I love being on my own, but I hate it’: what older Australians want you to know about loneliness [The Conversation]

Improved mental health support for frontline workers urgently needed [Mirage News]

‘It’s completely shocking when it’s your child’: What’s driving the youth mental health crisis [Brisbane Times]

Mental health concerns as new research shows new and soon-to-be parents struggle under lockdowns [The Australian]

Mental health hitting vulnerable kids [The West]

Mental health workers suffer burnout as they struggle with increased lockdown demand [ABC]

More children are self-harming since the start of the pandemic. Here’s what parents and teachers can do to help [The Conversation]

Move for mental health [Gold]

'Not about pay anymore': wellbeing, flexibility drive retention [Insurance News]

Nurse insiders raise the alarm over COVID-19 spreading in mental health wards [ABC]

Osher Günsberg: A Matter of Life and Death to air September 19th on SBS [Media Week]

Pre-existing mental illness exacerbated during lockdown [Canberra Weekly]

PwC Australia gives workers Green Light to Talk about mental health [National Tribune]

R U OK? Tips for checking in with children, teens, grandparents and friends [Herald Sun]

Residual trauma of Afghan refugees fleeing Taliban will be ‘among highest levels’ Australia has resettled [The Guardian]

Sudden interest in mental health during COVID is welcome but weaponising the issue is not [Sydney Morning Herald] 

The importance of this year’s RUOK? Day [4BC]

"The mental health impact will not stop with the vaccine," Christine Morgan [ABC]

Women urged to consider their health this Women’s Health Week [Health Dispatch]


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Australians speak: save our jobs, mental health [The Australian]

Geelong mental health services unite to tackle lockdown strain [The Mercury]

Mental health crisis rocking 18-24 year olds [The Australian]

Pandemic’s teen mental health crisis in Victoria worse than feared [The Australian]

True cost of lockdowns emerging [The Australian]

Victoria’s top psychiatrist reveals Covid’s toll on teens [NT News]

Victorians, don't try to tough it out by yourself [The Standard]

Victorians’ mental health will recover from lockdowns amid self-harming, eating disorders, reports of suicide [The Australian]


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40 practical things that can help your mental health during lockdown [ABC]

As COVID cases grow and restrictions increase, how can we stop 'burnout'? [ABC]

Chasing change with ribbons [MP News]

Connected Communities has brought together several Geelong organisations to deliver a free mental health first aid program to support locals [Geelong Times]

COVID-19 through the eyes of children and young people [Pro Bono]

Improving Australia’s mental health system [Mirage News]

In COVID lockdown record numbers are turning to Lifeline, these are the people picking up the call [ABC]

Mental health services report steep increase in calls since pandemic began [NT News]

New mental health campaign to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Bundaberg [4BU]

No more reports: we must fix mental health crisis now [IN Daily]

Over 60s cope better in lockdown, research finds [Mirage News]

Parental group Shadow Pandemic Victoria pushes to reopen schools during COVID-19 lockdowns- [ABC]

Schools record big rise in reports of suicide attempts, self harm and bullying [NT News]

‘There’s lots of suffering’: Supporting veterans amid Afghan turmoil [RACGP]

Victoria aims to boost mental health workforce with people who have lived experience [ABC]

We’re all exhausted but are you experiencing burnout? Here’s what to look out for [The Conversation]

Youth mental health during pandemic better with more sleep, structure and time in nature [Mirage News]


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Barwon Health makes changes after elderly patient dies by suicide [Herald Sun]

Coronavirus: Lockdown opens up ‘a perfect storm’ for eating disorders [The Australian]

Real cost of Covid-19 lockdown: Aussie kids wait nine months as psychiatrists ‘burnt out’ [Courier Mail]

Suicide line records highest number of calls in history [The Australian]