Mental health inquiry welcome but help needed now

Tuesday, 9 October 2018
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The National Rural Health Alliance today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a Productivity Commission inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy and the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.

But Alliance Chief Executive Officer, Mark Diamond, urged the Government to move forward with positive programs aimed at countering the increased rates of suicide, particularly in outer regional and remote areas.

Mr Diamond said the incidence of suicide was far greater in country areas, with rates rising from 10.4 people per 1000,000 in capital cities to as many as 18.8 per 100,000 people in remote areas.

“These numbers are shocking,” Mr Diamond more on our Media Release