With the upcoming federal election now a matter of weeks away, the Australian Mental Health Party is buzzing with activity.

This week we will hold our first large-scale social event, the ‘Mind Games’ quiz night fundraiser. This will be an opportunity for interaction with all members of the community who are interested in our party to learn more about our direction and ask any questions they may have. This is being held in Booragoon this Thursday evening, with tickets available here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=476059

In this last month, we shared our vision change across the Health portfolio.  This is the party’s third demonstration of how our philosophy as a party looks when applied across an entire portfolio, following on from our policy statements for the Education portfolio, and the Economy portfolio. Our intention is to show that wherever people are involved, matters of good mental health and well-being are of central importance to the policies that governments put in place.

Further to the issue of education, this month we explored the topic of young students in need of help, and the teachers who are often first to notice. A survey has shown that mental health is the leading concern for these teachers, but around half of them are unsure of when they should act. In a story reported by SBS, Beyond Blue chairwoman Julia Gillard has acknowledged that mentally healthy learning communities achieve the best outcomes for students, staff and families. Among our educational reform policies is the need for high-quality support services, including qualified counsellors, psychologists, social workers and nurses. Having these staff available would provide a much-needed boost in confidence for teachers, and go a long way to providing the right support for students in the early stages of needing it.

Finally, our online petition calling for one standard Medicare rate for support for psychological care is now approaching the goal of 15,000 supporters. We invite all of our supporters and members of the community at large who share our vision of a standard rate for psychological support to sign this petition.

Callum is a valued member of our team, and like countless other Australians, he sees the importance of good mental health across society. In our view, if we hope to make a positive change to society, then we need every Australian to connect with these issues in some way. If you would like to get involved and help us find better solutions, please contact us (at communications@amhp.org.au). We would love to hear from you!

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