Monday, 17 December 2012

OzHelp Foundation's 10th anniversary celebration

OzHelp Foundation's 10th anniversary celebration

On Friday 7 December 2012, OzHelp staff, Board members, supporters and people who have had a significant part to play in OzHelp’s 10 year journey, gathered at the ACT/National head office premises to remember and celebrate the milestones that have marked the impact of OzHelp’s influence over the last decade.

For details about OzHelp’s early years and the events that have been part of its fascinating 10 year journey, click on

World’s First National Report Card into Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission has produced the first report card on mental health in the nation. He has urged Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers to reaffirm their commitment to mental health. The report card looks to take a whole-of-life approach as it affects every part of a person’s life and those around them.

While Australia leads the world in progressive mental health policy, it falls down in its service delivery. One in five Australian adults experience a mental health difficulty in any given year, and an estimated 7.29 million Australians aged 16 to 85 have a lived experience of mental illness. People with a severe mental illness have their life expectancy reduced by 25 years on average due to the increased likelihood of heart related conditions, diabetes and obesity. There are many contributing factors and there are no simple answers, but this demands immediate action.

For more information and to access the report card, click on

Morning Tea open to all, with plenty of advice too

Morning tea open to all, with plenty of advice too: OzHelp in conjunction with StandBy Response Services conducted a morning tea at Karratha on World Suicide Prevention Day to provide people an opportunity to show support and commitment to suicide prevention.

Groups Link up to make mark against suicide

Groups link up to make mark against suicide: A morning tea at Karratha on World Suicide Prevention Day gave those who have lost loved ones to suicide, a chance to pay their respects, and for OzHelp staff to network with them and other suicide prevention organisations.