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Greens support for R U OK? Day

In the lead up to tomorrow's R U OK Day Australian Greens Mental Health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert is urging the community to ask their friends, families and colleagues ‘are you okay?’

“On R U OK? Day, we should ask our loved ones and colleagues if they are okay and be prepared and supportive if the person they ask says no, or struggles to answer. This is a very important question, it’s important we reach out and help those who aren't OK.

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WA Greens condemn offensive Royal Show exhibit

Western Australian Greens at the State and Federal level have condemned a Royal Perth Show exhibition which encourages participants to poke sticks at mental health patients and stigmatises people with mental health issues.

"Mocking people with mental health issues and playing up horrifically outdated stereotypes is completely inappropriate, I simply can't believe that the makers of the exhibit and the Perth Royal Show would think this is acceptable," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Suicide prevention funding a welcome step

 

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed reports that $6 million will be invested in WA's Kimberley region to tackle high suicide rates in Aboriginal communities.

"The increased rate of suicide, including clusters of suicides, has been a concern for an extended period of time in WA's north," Senator Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health said today.

"I am encouraged by this investment, and those announced by the WA Government, and I hope it is the beginning of a better approach to this problem around the country.

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Government picks up Green mental health initiatives

A number of key mental health initiatives instigated by the Australian Greens have been included in the Federal Government’s new mental health spend.

“The Greens took a comprehensive mental health plan to the last election, an approach which was not adopted at the time by the Government or Coalition. So to have this comprehensive package on the table is a very positive development for the sector,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens health spokesperson said after tonight’s budget announcement.

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Greens commend fast-tracking of aid for Kimberley suicide crisis

The Australian Greens are pleased with the Government’s decision to fast track mental health funding to assist communities being affected by a spate of suicides among young Aboriginal people in the Kimberley.

In response to Senate Estimates questions today from Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal Issues, the Department of Health confirmed that some of the $274 million Taking Action to Tackle Suicide package would be fast tracked to address urgent needs in the region.

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