Director’s Report December 2018
Undiagnosed mental health issues are causing the deaths of thousands of Australians each year from suicide and this includes murder-suicide and mass murders.
In many cases they are committed by a close relative where innocent children/babies, their mothers, fathers, grandparents etc are constantly losing their lives by these tragic means.
Each year about one in five Australians will experience a mental illness. The stigma associated with mental health means that only 35 percent of people with mental disorders seek treatment with medical services.
The public indifference to these figures is incomprehensible. Innocent children or those close to them are gone forever yet if a very young child was dying from a terminal illness most would show compassion and support.
Why is society not concerned about the innocent losing their lives by mass murders that someone close to them have committed this crime or murder/suicides?
Our mental health services is absolutely appalling, no matter where you live in Australia.
Billions of Federal and State dollars have been put into mental health over the years but where is the money going. Governments of all political persuasions have failed to implement coordinated programs for the treatment of mental health issues.
Daily people contact the White Wreath Association informing us it is to difficult trying to get help/treatment through public mental health. People don’t have the money to go private and even if they did there is still not enough medical professionals to help these people.
Those seeking help are very sick. Mental illness is a long-term debilitating illness. They have no energy, lethargic, can’t cope with daily life circumstances, lose their jobs, partner breakups with this list going on and on.
White Wreath Association would like to thank everyone who has helped us during 2018 and wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Fanita Clark Director/CEO