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You cannot heal the sick through tolerance and understanding

You cannot heal the sick through tolerance and understanding

The greatest hurdle to treatment for mental illness is, in most cases, the lack of it. And feel-good "RUOK" campaigns are not going to fix the problem.

The forgotten election issue: hopeless state of mental health care

The forgotten election issue: hopeless state of mental health care

Labor declared mental health a priority in its second term but not nearly enough has been delivered. A new report shows the devastating policy failure, writes mental health campaigner John Mendoza.

Mind Games: Better Access for some, but reforms put others offside

Mind Games: Better Access for some, but reforms put others offside

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.

The psychological backlash against Hickie and McGorry

The psychological backlash against Hickie and McGorry

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.

Mind Games: the long road travelled on mental health reform

Mind Games: the long road travelled on mental health reform

After years of neglect the federal government has shovelled billions of dollars into the mental healthcare system -- but the debate on how best to spend it has just began. In the first of a four-part investigation Crikey surveys the long and bitter road towards reform.

Protests over Better Access cutbacks miss bigger concerns about fairness

Protests over Better Access cutbacks miss bigger concerns about fairness

We need to be looking at major structural changes to how we fund our health system, writes Dr Tim Woodruff, of the Doctors Reform Society.

Mental Health & Housing: not living, just existing

Mental Health & Housing: not living, just existing

It’s common for mentally ill people in the western suburbs to be living in squalid conditions, writes Sathya Sivalohan, a reporter with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.

Why the new national mental health service standards are an opportunity lost

Why the new national mental health service standards are an opportunity lost

The recent release of revised national standards for mental health services is not the good news that it could and should have been, writes Croakey contributor Melissa Sweet.