Will Hall talking about suicide

A YouTube video by Will Hall from the US provides a succinct commentary on why traditional responses to suicide are not working. It is only three minutes long and is worth watching.

Online course on Hearing Voices and Paranoia by Peter Bullimore

Peter Bullimore, internationally recognised lived experience trainer in Hearing Voices and Paranoia, has developed an online program across these areas. His program combines work with the Maastricht Interview schedule in both areas. This innovative program is being run in Connecticut on line and Peter has contacted Recovery Matters to offer it in Western Australia and other states.

The program spans several sessions which include off line activity by participants and online support as well as direct teaching on line.

If agencies are interested in training a group of staff, or individuals wish to access the training, please contact Joe Calleja at joe.calleja@recoverymatters.com.au

More about Peter

Peter is a voice hearer who spent ten years as a psychiatric patient enduring many bouts of severe paranoia. Through learning holistic approaches and with support from the Hearing Voices Network he was able to reclaim his life from the system.

Peter facilitates a hearing voices and paranoia support group in Sheffield, UK.

Peter also runs his own training and consultancy agency, Asylum Associates, and is the founder member of the Paranoia Network. He delivers teaching on hearing voices and paranoia internationally.

He also teaches about the COPE initiative at Manchester University and currently undertakes a research post at the university looking at collaborative working between voluntary sector organisations and the university.

Peter is also undertaking research into what recovery means from a service user’s perspective. He co-authored the workbook Asking the Questions with Paul Hammersley and John Read, a guidebook about childhood trauma.

Groundbreaking peer to peer support project for suicide intervention launched in Western Australia

Lotterywest has provided support to launch a group-based peer to peer suicide intervention program in Western Australia called Alternatives to Suicide. This approach does not involve clinicians but draws on the lived experience of participants and the expertise of the facilitators to provide hope where people are experiencing darkness.

An online Train the Trainer course is currently being provided from the US to enable more facilitators to be trained locally, as this will allow the number of groups to grow.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to become a Facilitator please contact Reena D’Souza Reena@connectgroups.org.au.

Read more details on the project.

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Why prevention and early intervention are important

The McGowan government could learn from the wisdom of others when formulating mental health policy and strategy. Its current approach to mental health funding is fundamentally bed based with little regard to funding early intervention and prevention approaches which could make those beds less needed. Funding more beds increases the cost of providing health services.

There are approaches outlined in the Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Plan 2015-2025 which was developed with the lived experience of consumers, families and service networks. The government simply refuses to listen to the voice of lived experience.

The Minister for Health and Mental Health says it is the Mental Health portfolio which keeps him awake at night. Minister, it is the lack of early intervention and prevention services which keeps families and consumers awake at night.

Read why funding that plan is important.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Benjamin Franklin

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
Albert Einstein

Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.
Bill Gates

Prevention is better than cure.
Desiderius Erasmus

He who cures a disease may be the skill fullest, but he that prevents it is the safest physician.
Thomas Fuller

Is it time to separate the portfolios again?

For the past four years the Health and Mental Health portfolios have been held by the one Minister, who is also Deputy Premier. Roger Cook is a kind and compassionate person and a very busy Minister. There were some who saw this combination as having the potential to transform mental health services in a way that met the objectives of the Plan and for achieving a much-needed integration. Unfortunately, the Health portfolio is so gargantuan it dominates. Hence, the WAAMH Prevent Support Heal campaign has taken on such importance. The significance of having a separate voice in Cabinet to articulate the needs and arguments for mental health services has become very clear. Many hope to see the portfolios separated once again by the incoming government after the March 13 election.

The Election 2021 Scorecard below was produced by WAAMH.

2021 Election Score Card