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July Newsletter - 01/07/2017 :: 31/07/2017

 Newsletter - July 2017


2017 Mental Health Week Art Competition Exhibition opens 12th July - Treasury Theatre


David Turnbull 07.07.2017

All the the hard work is nearly done and prepared, for the opening of the 2017 Mental Health Week Art Competition, being held this year at the Treasury Theatre in East Melbourne for the first time. Staff at Mental Health Foundation Australia are putting the finishing touches to the exhibition which this year numbers 63 high quality pieces of artwork. This year's launch will also feature the amazing music of Murali Kumar, Indian Classical Violinist. 

Murali Kumar


Carol Caines, curator from the National Gallery of Victoria, has once again contributed her valuable time to the judging the finalists of the competition. The winner of this year's competition will be announced at the launch of the exhibition at Treasury Theatre. The winner recieves $500 prize money and has their art work hung in the Department of Health and Human Services head office for the next 6 years. 

The excitement is building towards what promises to be a memorable evening for the artists as this competition enters a new era in location and visibility. Mental Health Foundation Australia hopes this will be a building year for the competition, with next year's competition promising to bigger again.

If you want to come along to the exhibition please call our office on 1300 643 287 to be added to the RSVP list. Seats are now limited.


 Matthew McLean artwork


Julia Gillard criticised for linking Trump’s tweeting and mental health

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been criticised for linking US President Donald Trump’s tweeting habits to a debate about his mental health.

Donald Trump. Picture: AP
Donald Trump. Picture: AP

Sam Buckingham-Jones, The Australian

Ms Gillard, who replaced former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett as head of mental health organisation Beyondblue on July 1, said the President’s mental health will “be in the dialogue” if he continues using social media as he has so far.

“I would worry that a charge of being mentally ill ended up being thrown around as an insult,” Ms Gillard told the ABC’s Lateline program on Monday night.

“I know that some people in the US, some commentators are not proffering that analysis by way of insult, they’re actually saying it because they are genuinely concerned.“From the outside I think it is very difficult to judge someone else’s mental health … so I think there’s some need for caution here. But I do think if President Trump continues with some of the tweeting, et cetera, that we’ve seen, that this will be in the dialogue.”

Victoria Liberal Party president Michael Kroger said Ms Gillard risks hurting Beyondblue’s credibility if she continues to make similar comments.

“What’s Gillard doing, she’s giving free character assessments about his mental state,” he told Sky News’ Bolt Report program. “You become a head of this organisation and now she’s an expert on Donald Trump’s mental state — clothed in clever language, but goodness me, she’s got to stop doing it. She’ll damage the organisation if she keeps doing that.”

Former Labor Senator turned commentator, Graham Richardson, said it is the “last thing” she should say in her new role. “She just doesn’t get it,” he told Sky News’ Bolt Report. “If you become the boss of Beyondblue, what she’s just been saying is the last thing she should say. I’d have thought she just proved that the inadequacy that was so obvious when she was Prime Minister is still there.”


Safety fears bring $20m funding boost for crucial psychiatric care 



POTENTIALLY dangerous psychiatric patients will get urgent care under a $20 million-a-year boost in mental health services, after a number of people were killed by those who had slipped through the cracks.

Up to 10 homicides a year are ­committed by those unable to get crucial treatment.

This month, Umal Sharif Abdurahman, 28, of Reservoir, was charged with murdering her baby daughter, three days after being denied further care at a secure psychiatric hospital.

The latest increase in services should benefit more than 3300 Victorians a year.

Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said more people should now get mental health support rather than end up in the criminal justice system.

“This funding will mean more people are treated sooner and ensure Victorians at risk can get the help they need to get well, stay well and keep out of trouble,” Mr Foley said.

“We know a large number of Victorians who come in contact with the criminal justice system have mental health issues. That’s why we’re expanding Thomas Embling Hospital, creating a greater link between the mental health and justice system, and investing in programs to intervene early with young people at risk.”

About 50,000 extra hours of treatment will be provided to try to ensure earlier treatment, as well as longer-term support for those requiring placement in secure centres. Funding includes $16.5 million to help those aged 18-64 access community mental health services, $3 million for senior services, and $500,000 to boost forensic mental health services. In April, the Herald Sun reported that of 3000 clients a year turned away from a mental health service in Melbourne’s west, two go on to kill and 20 to suicide.

Victoria Legal Aid chief counsel Tim Marsh said one in four legal aid recipients had mental health problems.

“If a quarter of your client group are affected, that’s an enormous issue,” he said.

“It can’t be ignored … it is literally a matter of funding.”

Mr Marsh, a former member of the Mental Health Review Board, said help often came too late.

“I could not count the number of serious cases I’ve been involved with, including homicides, where there are families seeking help for someone, they don’t receive treatment, and they escalate to serious offending,” he said.

“If we were able to get the same level of help in the civil system as in the criminal system, many of these terrible crimes could be avoided.”




Josh Gibson opens up on anxiety, praises fellow AFL players for their bravery

Ben Waterworth

“For me, there’s definitely been articles at times that have really heightened my anxiety.

“It’s about just being able to deal with it. The day and age we’re in now, it’s a lot easier to speak to people and feel confident about talking up those sorts of things as a footballer.

“On those forums you have keyboard warriors who say nice things when you play well but when things aren’t going your way they quickly turn on you.

“Players can get sucked into reading those things when you are doing well and it’s feeding your ego and then they turn on you and it can become brutal.”

Gibson owns some land near Daylesford north of Melbourne, which he makes use of to get away from the football bubble.

“I like to get up there, get out of the city, up to the farm, got some horses up there — it’s definitely my release,” Gibson said.

“In Melbourne, we have got so many teams here. It’s in your face, it’s in the paper every day — especially when you’re at a club like Hawthorn and everyone in the street wants to talk to you about when you’re winning or when you’re losing.

“It’s my way of getting away.” 

Gibson also revealed that he was still undecided about his playing future.

The 33-year-old is out of contract at season’s end, but said he would sit down with Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson and finalise his decision soon.

“I’ve got a really good relationship with ‘Clarko’. We talk constantly about everything,” Gibson said.