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Words by Rachel Green, CEO of SANE Australia

The tragedy of suicide is something everyone can appreciate. Every person lost to this heartbreakingly preventable death leaves a huge void. Working to prevent suicide is what drives so many of us working in the mental health sector. 

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Victorians living with mental health issues are set to benefit from a transformative new arts program which offers creative expression and social connection for 35 beginner or accomplished artists.

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Welcome to Mental Health Month!

While any time is a good time to talk about mental health, having a dedicated awareness month helps remind us that we are not alone, help is available if needed, and there are many things we can do to stay on top of our mental health – now and all year round.

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SANE Australia has announced a new partnership with The University of Melbourne, delivering innovative research to reduce structural stigma and discrimination for the four million Australians impacted by complex mental health issues.

The partnership sees Professor Nicola Reavley, Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Mental Health at The University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health, appointed Research Director for SANE’s Anne Deveson Research Centre – promoting social and economic inclusion for Australians with lived experience of complex mental health issues, their family, friends and colleagues. 

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A few months ago, the Victorian Government announced an unprecedented $3.8 billion dollars to start implementing all 65 recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

It is clear that the voices of SANE’s communities were heard by the Royal Commission. SANE Peer Ambassador Sandy Jeffs OAM, gave evidence during the Commission’s hearings, along with Janet Meagher AM, Patron of the Anne Deveson Research Centre and a range of other experts associated with SANE. Many of the issues that SANE raised in our 2019 submission to the Royal Commission were reflected in the Final Report.

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With Schizophrenia Awareness Week fast approaching, this year SANE Australia is inviting people to ‘Discover More’ about its creative and passionate community living with schizophrenia.

In addition to encouraging everyone to ‘Discover More’ about schizophrenia itself, which affects roughly 20 million people worldwide, we’re sharing our Peer Ambassadors’ stories to spotlight their challenges, successes, hopes and tips for living with schizophrenia, and to share the many things they’d like others to discover about their lives.

Take a look at the many ways you can join the discussion with SANE during Schizophrenia Awareness Week, held Sunday 23 to Saturday 29 May 2021.

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SANE Australia Peer Ambassador Josh Di Nucci has received the Aboriginal Health Council of WA Positive Achievement Award, as part of the WA Youth Awards, presented by the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA).

Mr Di Nucci, 23, of Perth, Western Australia, was nominated for the award by SANE for his exceptional work as a mental health advocate and Peer Ambassador. 

The Aboriginal Health Council of WA Positive Achievement Award recognises young people who have overcome adversity, systemic barriers and significant personal challenges to achieve their goals.  

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