I happened to be talking to my local politician before Christmas because a website o-n melancholy, www.DepressioNet.com.au was about to lose funding for its important 24 hour support boards consequently of failure by the Australian government to fund its programs. So I pinged the pollies and Bill, my local politician, wished to chat. The one illuminating part of our 45 minute talk was that it was very hard (for politicians) to choose what other health plans must be cut as a way to increase funding for mental health as a result of myriad vested interests. Seeing news stories all over the world and back home I see similar difficulties arising. It's somewhat similar to the Yes Minister dilemmas that Sir Humphrey Appleby could set to his employer, therefore stymieing every-time to him. Only last week in South Australia the same furore erupted. There, the federal government was courageous (or hassled) enough to declare increased mental-health funding. The resistance was similarly mean enough to desire to know very well what (more highly-valued) overall health programs were to be sacrificed for that increase. See the report here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200601/s1545360.htm Now to make contact with Yes Minister, Jim Hacker in his beginning would have said But we should just finance health requirements in accordance with the charge to the group, the person and the carer. And that should be the minimum amount needed to bring back the ill people health to be able to function in relationships, at work and in the neighborhood. You wish! The unfairness is clear when respected stories state: Stigma is endemic in decision-making at the highest political levels. Final responsibility for mental health ser-vices lies with government leaders at State and Federal levels. It's they who have ensured these companies have had such a low-priority in policy-making and capital The proportion of Australias health budget spent on mental health services is under 2 months. In comparable OECD countries, the amount is 12% or more. Dare to Care, SANE Mental Health Report 2004 at http://www.sane.org/images/assets/Research_reports_and_images/MHR2004text.pdf A report by Access Economics for SANE Australia in 2003 determined the expenses of bi-polar in Australia to be $16,000 normally per year for each sufferer. However spending is only $3,007 per person. It gets worse. To get one more perspective, please consider checking out: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-quinn-msw-mba-l-i-c-s-w/42/299/5a2
. The report states this modest $3,007 is even less than spending on the typical Australians health care, even although the burden of infection the pain, suffering, disability and death is higher for bipolar disorder than for ovarian cancer, rheumatoid arthritis or HIV/AIDs, and just like schizophrenia and melanoma. And who makes up the weakness? Based on the statement, around half (i.e. $8,000) of the expense is borne by people with the illness and their carers. Mentally healthy community exceed the mentally ill by a factor of 4 to 1. They desire their subsidized spas and perfect teeth at the cost of us stepping into hospital when we need it! But simply because they still see the habits of mental illness as not symptoms but as ordinary negative behavior, our health needs are viewed as less suitable than theirs, and financed appropriately. Get new resources on our favorite partner web site - Click here: www.mashable.com/people/rutlandmentalhealthdanielquinn
. Due to the Yes Minister element, I do believe we face a constant fight persuading the politicians. They won't shift until public opinion does, to say nothing of favors and kickbacks. The 4 people in 5 who dont have a mental illness have some thing much worseprejudice. They are the ones who need persuading that mental health deserves equitable funding. Australians who would like to get involved in dismantling judgment could possibly get involved in SANE Australias StigmaWatch plan at http://sane.org/index.php?option=displaypage&Itemid=266&op=page Visit www.twotreesmedia.com/links for other organizations around the globe. I discovered wcax.com/story/16935466/has-a-treatment-center-in-rutland-hit-a-roadblock
by searching Bing. You are able to read a synopsis of the Access Economics statement Bipolar Disorder: costsan analysis of the responsibility of bipolar disorder and associated suicide in Australia, an Access Economics Report for SANE Australia 2003 at http://www.sane.org/images/assets/Research_reports_and_images/bipolar_costs_es.pdf.