Over the last century, Australia has taken a huge step forward for the human rights of those with a mental illness by working towards deinstitutionalization, taking into account the ineffectiveness of institutional care along with the possibilities of abuse and neglect in long-term institutionalization. Shifting mental health care into the community has become a priority for governing bodies. However, despite the closure of all traditional asylums an alarming number of individuals are incarcerated with treatable mental illnesses. Often these individuals needs and symptoms are poorly understood by law enforcement leading to unnecessarily traumatic conditions, poor support structures and ultimately exacerbated health conditions. Today, Brainwaves chats with Brett Collins of the unique prisoner advocacy organisation Justice Action about the great work they do to restore some balance into the system. For more information on the work Justice Action does visit http://www.justiceaction.org.au/.
On today’s show, we talk to Sophie Howes from the Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) service. We discuss what the service does, who it can help and your rights as a mental health service consumer. For more information you can visit www.imha.vic.gov.au or call 1300 947 820.
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Interviewers: Amber & James
This week on Brainwaves, Minto Felix, founding member of Australians for Mental Health and Mental Health Programs Coordinator at Monash University, comes on the show to talk about the national advocacy campaign. Australians for Mental Health, aims to address the chronic shortage of funding and services for mental health in Australia, and help end the stigma and shame associated with seeking help for mental ill health. For more information, visit http://www.australiansformentalhealth.org.au/
Neil Cole has a long and storied career history. After founding the Flemington Legal Service and working to support the local community for seven years, he then ran for, and won, the seat of Melbourne in federal parliament. In 1993, Neil received a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which was leaked to the public by his political enemies, forcing him to resign his position and be open about his lived experiences. Since leaving federal politics, Neil Cole has continued his advocacy through work with the Monash medical school, Melbourne University’s Florey Institute of Neuroscience and by serving as a member on the national advisory committee of mental health. Neil also shares his story creative, having penned 25 plays and one novel, he has been awarded the Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting and the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and literature.
This week, Ben interviews Indigo Daya, General Manager, Consumer and Carer Advocacy and Leadership at MI Fellowship, about the “Call to Action” campaign being run in the lead up to the Victorian state elections.
Ben Rinaudo interviews Magdel Hammond from Auckland and Dr Jane Melton from the UK about their work in mental health and what they are learning through involvement in the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership.