Criticism of the ABS's suicide statistics is unwarranted, but the picture it paints is not all positive.
It’s not uncommon in my world to be engaged in very lively academic debates, like the risk versus benefits associated with new antidepressant drugs, writes Professor Ian Hickie.
The Better Access program, introduced by the Howard government in 2006 to improve access to treatments for common mental disorders, was controversial before it even began.
Patrick McGorry and Ian Hickie may be considered revolutionaries by some, their headspace initiative and radical system reforms will come at a cost to some patients.
It’s not only psychologists at war over mental health reform -- considerable vitriol is also being directed at the country’s most prominent psychiatrists, Ian Hickie and Pat McGorry. Crikey's series on mental health reform continues.
Just 20 years ago the federal government was perceived to have no role in mental health. Fast forward to the 2011/12 budget and the announcement from Julia Gillard of a five-year funding commitment of $2.2 billion.