This legislation authorized federal grants for the creation of more than 2,000 community mental health centers across the United States.
The SA Mental Health Commission is consulting with people across South Australia to identify what is needed to ensure mental health and wellbeing in South Australia and what needs to improve. However, mental health is more than just celebrity endorsement, or the steady stream of events and days dedicated to the cause.
It also wants to see mental health included in NHS screening programmes and more money channeled to research into prevention.
Sometimes, of course, it is the actions of politicians that makes the situation worse, putting pressures on children that many find it hard to cope with.
Founded by Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, the Steinberg Institute is a leading nonprofit public policy institute that supports and encourages effective and comprehensive mental health public policymaking; helps solve disputes between mental health stakeholders; engages business leaders and other non-traditional stakeholders; evaluates the impact of current investments; and implements a bold, best-practices vision to advance mental health services and support integrated systems of care. In these places, there is recognition that appointments need to be made quickly; that parents, who may suffer from mental health issues themselves, need to be involved; that schools need to be kept in the loop as diagnosis and treatment progress; and that a single key professional works with the child and observes him or her in all settings. SPVMHC works closely with local court systems and provides prevention programs created to discourage bullying and substance use/abuse to local school districts. Many people are quick to shun or to blame those who afflicted, rather than recognizing the need for compassion. Parents and carers may also need help and advice to deal with behavioural or other problems their child is experiencing. Rather than taking this information as evidence that mental health is an area in which money can be saved and funding can be slashed, it should serve to reinforce the importance of adequate spending for treatment.
Check out http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike on the Mental Health America website. Each person who is living with a mental health condition has their own story.
John Dunford is chair of Whole Education, a former secondary head, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders and national pupil premium champion.