RISE UP AUSTRALIA PARTY’s vision for Australia: ‘A hope and a future.’ (1)
*QUOTE: “…effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. For, as Socrates told us, ‘If a man does not know to what port he is sailing, no wind is favorable.'” (2)
*QUOTE: “When a person lacks context they don’t see purpose. If they do not see their life with meaning they lack hope.” (3)
RISE UP AUSTRALIA PARTY seeks to re-establish purpose and hope through this Depression policy.
RUAP believes that a priority needs to be placed on Mental Health, caring for the individual, and the wider community as a whole.
RUAP believes that those journeying through depression, should have assistance that reduces any fears; the person should have access to counselling, companionship and where possible camaraderie. The laws and guidance governing that assistance should be of comfort, kindness and hope and also of honesty.
RUAP-believes that at least a SEVEN faceted approach for implementation and/or review is necessary for dealing with depression, as follows:
COMMUNITY CONNECTORS (also known as ‘CC’s) to be trained to:
– Phone may be diverted for further help should the CC be unavailable
– however the CC should aim to be available as much as possible
– CC ‘s to be firstly a listening ear, gentle words where possible, notify other relevant professional if their client’s situation escalates to crisis and/or beyond their training.
– During this seven day period, CC’s should wear casual and non-professional clothes and establish a listening ear and/or presence of quiet companionship (times of quiet if the client does not want to talk).
v. SENIOR CITIZENS are our nation’s rich heritage and an almost untapped resource, and should be considered as first priority as candidates for the CC training program. Senior citizens have priceless life experience and wisdom. CC training gives senior citizens a place of kind influence in the lives of others. CC training be offered to all senior citizens (where physically able, but if physically unable, may wish to be phone available).
A. New arrivals, required to enter country with minimum of basic English language skills regardless of gender, age or belief system.
Only in extreme refugee circumstances, can immigrants be granted entry with no English skills but then mandatory basic English classes to be undertaken within weeks of arrival.
B. New arrivals to be offered a Community Connector upon arrival and/or when deemed necessary (as offered to all residents) including to overseas students (who also are represent in the statistics of depression and suicide.)
Entire school leadership and teaching staff structure to be briefed prior to introduction of program (for referring situations that arise), and the final sessions of this program to be on depression and suicide education, defining depression and asking the question: If you or someone you knew had depression or is suicidal, what would you do? The final sessions should also include a ‘Hope for the Future’ approach to finish with a positive vision.
School curriculum should include the benefits of volunteer work and community service and establish an excursion for all students in service to their local community.
B. TRAINING: All mental health care workers, including chaplains, school well being coordinators should undergo specialised suicide prevention training similar to Windermere’s intensive ASIST program. ASIST-type training should be introduced into Secondary school curriculum, and alongside healthier relationships and mental health education etc, offered in school education.
This Suicide-Prevention training should also be subsided and offered to high risk groups which may include school leavers, overseas visiting students, armed forces personnel, middle aged men, and the elderly, and other identified at-risk groups.
5. INCREASED FUNDING
A. FOR SCHOOL PROGRAMS as mentioned above.
B. FOR DHS and associated family services, including assist the nurturing structure of the household with counselling and sometimes respite for children. Education to remove the stigma of such community and government assistance, strengthen a healthy home structure with an understanding that everyone gets down from time to time and needs a helping hand’.
6. FOCUS ON VOLUNTEERISM
QUOTE: ‘Ask not what my country can do for me, ask what I can do for my country’ (7)
Rise Up AustraliaParty recognises the personal, community and national benefits of volunteering.
Those recognised as suicidal and on disability pension, when deemed stable, to have an increased importance of referral for volunteer work.
As mentioned under ‘School Program, Educational approach: School curriculum should include the benefits of volunteer work and community service and establish an excursion for all students in service to their local community.
7. HELP FOR THE HELP
All health care workers to have access to a professional and confidential counselling/crisis 24/7 hotline for self-care
A. GP’s, Nurses, Counsellors, psychologists, Psychiatrists, Clinicians
B. CC’s, teachers, school staff and well being workers,
C. Government and Non-Government Organisations( NGO’s) who deal regularly with the mentally at-risk, be it police officers, ambulance workers, etc.
All groups to have access to well-being and/or debrief groups in a safe/confidential environment whether issued from the workplace or an independent provider.
QUOTE: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (8)
(1) “For I know the plans I have for you” declares The Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11, The Bible
(2) Former US President John F. Kennedy
(3) Shane Varcoe, The Dalgarno Institute
(4) GROW is a national organisation that provides a peer support program for growth and personal development to people with a mental illness and those people experiencing difficulty in coping with life’s challenges.’ (grow.net.au)
‘ERMHA is a community based organisation that supports recovery and instils hope for people who are experiencing the effects of mental illness.’ Ermha stands for ‘Eastern Regions Mental Health Association’ (ermha.org).
(5) Article Herald Sun may 26, 2014 ‘gluten diet linked to mental problems’
(6) Angel Light Link is a not-for-profit organisation, focusing on the care and support of at-risk young women.
Values For Life is an educational program that inspires all school students to develop community building values, make wise choices and fulfil their potential.
(7) JFK Inauguration speech 1961)
(8) Jesus Christ, John 16:33, The Bible.