Tears flow as girl thanks Brogden
THE mental health forum at the Grafton District Services Club on Wednesday gave many of the 75-strong attendants a chance for a good, healthy cry.
Former NSW Opposition leader John Brogden shared his intriguing tale of high-flying politics followed by attempted suicide among a group of interested people, many of whom live with mental illness themselves or through family members.
But it was the story of a young high school girl, who had the courage to get up and talk about being diagnosed with bipolar after the death of her father last year, that had many in tears.
The girl thanked Mr Brogden for making her “feel okay about having a mental illness”.
The NSW Coalition announced its mental health policy yesterday, which aims to shift resourcing for mental health into the community through mental health outreach programs.
The policy involves the establishment of a Mental Health Commission to drive reform, with a new focus on restorative care rather than the current crisis-driven model.
Based on the West Australian system, the policy is endorsed by Australian of the Year and mental health innovator Professor Patrick McGorry and Black Dog Institute executive Gordon Parker.
Opposition spokesman for mental health, Kevin Humphries, told The Daily Examiner on Wednesday that 600,000 mentally ill patients went untreated in NSW in 2010.