Statement: It’s time for compassion not hate

Statement: It’s time for compassion not hate

This Harmony Day our hearts are heavy, and we need only look at recent events to understand why. A lone shooter – a terrorist – massacred 50 people at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand and social media and news outlets broadcast these graphic images around the...
Vale National Mental Health Commissioner, Jackie Crowe

Vale National Mental Health Commissioner, Jackie Crowe

On behalf of ReachOut I extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jackie Crowe. I was saddened to hear of Jackie’s passing on Saturday, a significant loss for the mental health community and more broadly. I knew Jackie as a warm and vivacious...
What to do if your teenager wants to watch 13 Reasons Why

What to do if your teenager wants to watch 13 Reasons Why

You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard about 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix show that portrays the suicide of a teenage girl. Here’s a guide for what to do if your teenager wants to watch the show. Read up on the issue of youth suicide. The show has...
Funding for mental health increases but are we any better?

Funding for mental health increases but are we any better?

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently released data that shows spending on mental health services in Australia continues to rise. A total of $8.5 billion was spent nationally on mental health services in 2014-15 – a $911 million increase from...