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The National Mental Health Commission has released its second annual report on mental health and suicide prevention in Australia: A contributing life: the 2013 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.
Professor Alan Fels, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, has launched the 2013 report which builds upon the inaugural 2012 report, and reflects the community’s voice on the issues in mental health and suicide prevention that matter most to them.
In an accompanying introductory letter to the Prime Minister, Professor Fels says, 'Improving mental health is an invest-to-save issue. Tackling the causes rather than the symptoms; preventing mental illness and suicide in the first place; promoting good mental health for everyone; and timely support when things start to get tough is the best economic and social renewal strategy that we can invest in.'
In the letter he also highlights the need for action in the area of Indigenous health, 'In our 2012 report card we highlighted the tragic lack of opportunities for good social and emotional wellbeing in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We must measure and evaluate progress. Action on this is long overdue.'
The 2013 report features eight new recommendations for action, which add to the 10 existing recommendations. These recommendations are aimed at achieving the best possible mental health and wellbeing for all Australians.
Source: National Mental Health Commission
National Mental Health Commission
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PO Box R1463
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 8229 7550