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McGorry uses accolade to draw attention to his important cause

8 February 2010

In an article published by The Australian on Saturday 6th February 2010, Australia of the Year 2010 Professor Patrick McGorry has called for Governments to turn their attention to the early detection and treatment of mental illness in young Australians.

“Every 15 minutes someone somewhere in Australia attempts suicide. Every four hours someone dies as a result,” said Professor McGorry.

“Suicide is the leading cause of death in people under 30, causing more deaths than road accidents, though efforts to reduce this carnage are puny in comparison with attempts to reduce the road toll.”

“Similarly, 90 per cent of people with physical illness gain ready access to quality care, while only 35 per cent of those with mental ill-health do. This figure drops to 15 per cent for young men and people in rural and remote areas, especially indigenous people.”

“Australia needs a modern, unified system with early intervention at its core and a major focus on children and young people up to 25, as well as other key points in the life span,” he said.

To read the full article outlining Professor McGorry’s proposal for mental health reform, click here.

Professor McGorry has also recently launched an online forum for young people still struggling in the aftermath of last year's Black Saturday bushfires.

The "Your Bushfire Space" website gives youth the chance to share their stories and feelings with others as well and contact social workers for advice.

The site is aimed at creating a sense of community for 12- to 25-year-olds as they share their experiences.

To find out more visit www.headspace.org.au

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