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Take part in the review of the WA Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Commission is undertaking a Statutory Review of the Mental Health Act (2014) to examine the operations and effectiveness of the Act – what is working well, and where improvements to treatment, care and support could be made. A discussion paper has been developed to help guide a public comment period, with feedback […]

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Calls for Mental Health Minister to tackle conversion practices

Calls for Mental Health Minister to tackle conversion practices

LGBTIQA+ rights organisation just.equal says Western Australia’s Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson has provided a response to their concerns about conversion and suppression practices, but advocates say his answer is “vague”. The Minister has responded to a letter from just.equal sent in May, which asked for greater detail about what the McGowan government was doing […]

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Young Australians are experiencing greater levels of loneliness

Young Australians are experiencing greater levels of loneliness

Insights from the headspace National Youth Mental Health Survey released today show more than one in two young people (54%) feel a sense of loneliness, an increase from 2018 (49%). headspace Youth Mental Health Foundation today revealed the growing increase in the proportion of young people who feel they lack companionship and feel isolated. headspace […]

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Victoria commits $3.8 billion to mental health and suicide prevention funding

Victoria commits $3.8 billion to mental health and suicide prevention funding

Mental health advocates say the Victorian Government’s announcement to set up a Suicide Prevention and Response Office is welcome news and is a positive sign in the wake of the impending national agreement with states and territories scheduled for November this year. Yesterday, the Victorian Government revealed their 21/22 budget outline, revealing a record $3.8 […]

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Court dispute highlights need for law reform to support WA’s trans youth

Court dispute highlights need for law reform to support WA’s trans youth

Warning: This article contains mentions of suicide, dead names. A local transgender teenager has been laid to rest with two separate funerals, following a court dispute between his parents. The West Australian has reported on the case of the two parents, in which the father does not accept his son’s trans identity, arguing against the […]

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OUTinPerth wins WA Mental Health Award for news media

OUTinPerth wins WA Mental Health Award for news media

OUTinPerth was recognised for our contribution to supporting mental health in Western Australia at the 2020 Mental Health Awards. Co-editors Leigh Andrew Hill and Graeme Watson were presented with the WA Mental Health News Media Award for outstanding news reporting, contributing to mental health in WA. The awards were held at a glamorous ceremony at […]

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AFAO calls for better plan for LGBTIQ mental health

AFAO calls for better plan for LGBTIQ mental health

There are calls for the Commonwealth Government to develop a mental health and suicide prevention blueprint to tackle the crisis of unmet need within the LGBTIQ community. La Trobe University research released today found 57.2% of more than 6,000 surveyed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people were experiencing high or very high levels […]

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New website provides LGBTI community pathway to mental health support

A new website hopes to provide easy pathways to mental health helplines for people in need. Live For Tomorrow, a new local charity has launched technology which is set to help news companies and social media platforms more effectively connect users in crisis with mental health support services. The charity is set to offer the […]

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OUTinPerth nominated for WA Mental Health Award

OUTinPerth nominated for WA Mental Health Award

OUTinPerth has been nominated for the Mental Health News Media Award at the upcoming WA Mental Health Awards. Announced during WA’s Mental Health Week, the awards celebrated organisations and individuals who make a positive contribution to the field of mental health. OUTinPerth is nominated alongside radio station ABC Radio Perth. Local LGBTQIA+ community advocate Bella […]

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Researchers revise findings of study into transgender mental health

Researchers revise findings of study into transgender mental health

Researchers behind an widely reported study into the mental health of transgender people in Sweden have revised their findings after scrutiny from peers raised questions about the study’s conclusions. In their latest issue the American Journal of Psychiatry issued a correction, saying the conclusion in the original report that claimed people experiencing gender incongruence experienced […]

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