Category Archives: Mental Health

Where have I been?

So I injured my knee quite badly at the beginning of November last year.  Then I had to undergo surgery, then rehab, and in between all of this, we decided to sell our beloved old house, I got a second job, my child started secondary school, we bought and moved into a new home…..

I swear to the Universe, that I will never again try and pack all of the above into four and half months. It was stressful, painful and sometimes full of insane laughter, but we got through it. Though just as I’m now getting back onto two feet – down from a silver walking frame, and now a single crutch, the world is shrinking again.

I hope that you and yours remain safe and healthy.

Take care and I will try and pop in again to say hullo soon.

Victorian State Election – a call for Gender Equity

With the 2018 Victorian election nearing, we need to ensure that women’s equality, sexual and reproductive health and freedom from violence are on the agenda. I am emailing to ask you to commit to these key priorities, including your support for the continued development of a sustainable peak body.

Victorian women and girls experience significant inequality. Women are underrepresented in senior leadership roles and continue to perform the majority of care and domestic work (paid and unpaid). Women continue to face barriers to accessing safe, accessible and timely sexual and reproductive health services and intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death, disability, and injury for women between the ages of 18 and 44 in Australia.
We can stop this violence before it occurs by promoting state wide gender equity strategies and providing long-term funding to make information and services accessible. A number of social, economic and geographic barriers prevent women from accessing evidence based information and services. These barriers can be even worse for women who are Aboriginal, who are older, come from migrant or refugee background, experience a disability, or who are LGBTI.

Gender Equity Victoria is coordinating state-wide action across current and prospective members to promote GEN VIC’s Priorities for Victorian Government Action 2018-2021.

The priorities are to:
• Advance Gender Equity
• Promote Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health
• Prevent Violence Against Women
• Support the Development of a Sustainable Peak Body that can coordinate community action to advance equity, promote health and prevent violence.

I urge you to pledge support for Gender Equity Victoria’s Priorities for Government Action 2018-2021 and listen to evidence, research and women’s voices.

Waiting for Elijah by Kate Wild

Waiting for Elijah

In 2009, in the NSW country town of Armidale, a mentally ill young man is shot dead by a police officer. Senior Constable Andrew Rich claims he ‘had no choice’ other than to shoot 24-year-old Elijah Holcombe — Elijah had run at him roaring with a knife, he tells police.
Some witnesses to the shooting say otherwise, though, and this act of aggression doesn’t fit with the sweet, sensitive, but troubled young man that Elijah’s family and friends knew him to be. The shooting devastates Elijah’s family and the police officer alike.
So what happened in that Armidale laneway — and how could it have been avoided? Waiting for Elijah is the culmination of journalist Kate Wild’s six-year investigation — an investigation that not only seeks to answer these questions, but also poses some vitally important ones of its own: Why is it still taboo to talk about mental illness in our society? Is it fair to expect police to be first responders in mental health crises? If the community insists this job belongs to police, how can these interactions be improved?
Written with clear-eyed compassion and a compelling narrative drive, Waiting for Elijah is an account of a tragedy that didn’t have to happen. It is also an intense, forensic deconstruction of the extended legal proceedings that followed, and a heartbreaking portrait of a family’s grief.

Read it because:

You want a well written account of the shooting of men by police in Australia. This is a book that examines the lack of mental health strategy and its impact on the first responders in Australia. Warning this book will make you cry. Highly Recommended.

 

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