Australia’s mental health services and voluntary organisations have been inundated with calls from troubled mental health clients and threatened suicide cases. White Wreath services are available 24 hours a day. In these difficult times, we are there for you.Numerous families have endured financial difficulties, with home schooling, and domestic violence incidents. I give my thanks to the front-line health workers who are doing a fantastic job coping with demanding circumstances above and beyond their normal duties.
This edition of the newsletter has the welcome announcement that medical students are to receive mental health first aid training to ensure they can respond to stress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We must be optimistic and look to the future “on the other side”.