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The Politics of Mental Health: Alastair Campbell

Why isn’t providing adequate mental health services a no brainer?

Half of all Australians will experience mental ill-health in their lifetime. The prevalence of mental illness in young people is on the rise. The World Health Organization confirms that depression will overtake heart disease as the number one cause of disease burden worldwide by 2030. Yet mental health receives only 2% of the global health care budget, and even in countries like Australia, awareness and rhetoric outstrip funding by miles.

Providing appropriate mental health services for people who need them should be the number one priority in health care, so why is it so hard for people with mental illness to get a fair deal?

With unique insight into the workings of government, and lived experience of mental illness, British journalist and political aide Alastair Campbell has become a leading advocate for action on mental health in the UK.

He will be joined by a panel of experts including Patrick McGorry (Orygen, Executive Director) and Helen Christensen (Black Dog Institute, Director and Chief Scientist) to share ideas on what can be done to improve mental health service provisions and outcomes for all Australians.

Presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.



Monday 22 July 2019 from 6pm to 7.15pm


General Admission: $35.00
UNSW Alumni: $25.00
UNSW Students & Under 18s: $15.00

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