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VMIAC is an organization for people who have had mental or emotional health problems. VMIAC is run by people who have had mental or emotional health problems. VMIAC believes that people with personal experience of mental health problems have a valuable role to play in the developments of mental health services. VMIAC is committed to active consumer participation at all levels of the mental health system.

In this Edition: 1. Mental Health Recovery and Life Improvement course: 2. BARRY DICKINS ART EXHIBITION: 3. TheMHS CONSUMER DAY 2013 INVITATION TO SUBMIT: 4. National mental health commission: 5. I am anxiety: 6. Zero Tolerance for Sexual Assault: ‘A safe admission for women’: 7.

NEVIL CENTRE Carer and Consumer Consultants Training Needs Analysis Workshop:

8. Calls for sexual abuse investigation in Australian psychiatric facilities: 9. People with schizophrenia 'face more health risks':

The email is sent every week and contains items which may interest mental health consumers, carers and service providers and which otherwise they may not be able to access. Thank you for subscribing to this VMIAC email if you wish to unsubscribe please contact info@vmiac.org.au Bill Moon or Dominic Troughton Information Officer Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council Tel (03)9380 3900 http://www.vmiac.org.au/This message is intended for the addressee and may contain confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this message and notify the sender. Views expressed are those of the document initiator/writer, and are not necessarily the views of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council.

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1/ Mental Health Recovery and Life Improvement course: Mental Health Recovery and Life Improvement course, including WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Seminar 1 (as was presented by Bianca Holgate at VMIAC last year!) 7 week discussion-based course, facilitated by Katrina Breen and Natasha Wiggetts (both are qualified WRAP facilitators). Please note that WRAP is NOT "just relapse prevention": it suits anyone, with or without a mental illness, who is looking to make any change of any kind, e.g. any change in habits, or adjusting to life changes e.g. moving house or starting new job or studies. The course teaches participants to develop their own programme according to their individual needs, strengths and goals. Examples of uses for a WRAP plan: Getting a job Changing jobs Increasing your work hours Taking on more responsibilities Getting more education or training Leaving Supported Housing Moving Beginning or Leaving a Relationship Working on Relationship Issues Having a Child Chronic or Acute Illness Addictions Stress/Job Burnout Breaking Bad Habits Losing Weight Trying Out New Interests Caring for Ill or Elderly Family Member Topics in the course include: Empowerment and Responsibility The Importance of Education DATE:17/May/2013

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Developing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan Taking Preventative Action Early Diet, Light and Exercise Changing Negative Thoughts to Positive Ones Preventing and Avoiding Suicide Taking Responsibility for Wellness Stress Reduction and Relaxation Methods Building Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence Developing and Keeping Support Systems, and Peer Listening The course will be held near Balwyn within a short walk from a railway station. We will be starting the programme on 6th June on Thursdays and will run through to mid-July. Time: 6 PM - 7:30 PM, with some sessions being extended longer if participants wish to do so. N.B. Please let me know if you are interested but if 6 PM is too early for you to get there, as we may still be able to adjust the timing. Cost for the whole course will be between $70 and $105 total per person, covering 7 weeks i.e. between $10 and $15 per session. Includes workbook. (Exact cost of the course to be confirmed.) This programme also serves as a prerequisite for anyone wanting to later attend facilitator training (seminar 2) for delivering the programme. Limited places available. Further information is available on request. Please also feel free to spread the word. WRAP can be attended (and delivered) by people with or without a mental illness. This course will include participants from the "general public". Katrina Breen 0414 779 604 (Please keep trying if you don't hear back from me, since voicemail messages don't always get through!) happykat_au@yahoo.com.au N.B. for those of you who contacted me regarding forming a group to apply for funding for Peer Support training: I haven't forgotten you, and will try to get around to contacting you all soon! Perhaps the first step should be an online forum for discussion. If we are successful in getting funding, we might be able to subsidise the fees for some people to attend WRAP facilitator training next time it is offered in Melbourne!

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2/ BARRY DICKINS ART EXHIBITION: Barry Dickins 3 - 24 May 2013 Barry Dickins' career as a painter took off with a solo exhibition at Bottoms Gallery in Carlton in 1973. He followed this with a thirty year detour into publishing books, writing plays and working as a columnist for The Nation Review, The Australian, The Age, the Herald Sun and the Melbourne Times. But then, starting with his solo show at William Mora Gallery in 2004 and subsequently with us. Barry returned to his first love, drawing and painting, producing artworks that chart his whimsical delight in Melbourne's streets and the magical characters who inhabit them. Using ink, chalk and charcoal or more often brilliant colour, Barry's art is a contemplation - a landscape of dreams where sadness, joy, repose and the grotesque journey together through the pathways of the mind

Gouache on paper 76 x 56.5 cm Signed and dated

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Gouache on canvas 91.6 x 122 cm Signed and dated

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Bridget McD onnell Gallery 130 Farad ay Street Carlton 3053 • phone 03 9347 1700 w w w .brid getm cd onnellgallery.com .au view our w ebsite here Bet w een exhibit ions w e are av ailable by appoint ment ph 0419 306593 or for a t reat , cat ch t he t rain t o Hampt on and v isit our gallery at 392 Hampt on St .

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3/ TheMHS CONSUMER DAY 2013 INVITATION TO SUBMIT: TheMHS CONSUMER DAY 2013 INVITATION TO SUBMIT The 23rd annual TheMHS conference will be held in Melbourne on 21st-23rd August 2013, with the preconference Consumer Day forum scheduled for 20th August. The Melbourne Consumer Day Forum Organising Committee (CDFOC) has been working hard to provide a day that is inclusive, informative and provides a showcase for the range of work being undertaken by consumers across Australia and New Zealand. We aim to create a Powerpoint presentation for viewing during the day that demonstrates the breadth of consumer work going on across our two countries. We extend an invitation to all consumers engaged in consumer-driven initiatives to submit material for inclusion in the presentation. Specifically, we would like you to submit 3 Powerpoint slides highlighting your service/initiative/work, with the following structure:  One slide providing details of the name of your project, its geographic location and contact details;  One slide that includes a photograph or other colourful graphic presentation relevant to the project;  One slide with some basic information about your project or some aspect of it (using a font size no smaller than 20). The Powerpoint slides can be emailed to the CDFOC via liz.carr@vmiac.org.au, and must be received by Friday, 28th June for inclusion in the presentation.* *Please note: While we hope for strong consumer representation at the forum, attendance is not required for submissions to be included in the presentation. For more information please contact Cath Roper on 03 8344 9455 or croper@unimelb.edu.au or Liz Carr DATE:17/May/2013

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on 03 9380 3900 or liz.carr@vmiac.org.au. *The CDFOC reserves the right to edit and/or exclude slides if it considers that the material presented is not appropriate to the purpose. In such a circumstance the submitting individual/organisation will be contacted and an effort made to negotiate an outcome acceptable to both parties. Top

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4/ National mental health commission:

15 may 2013

Shining a light on youth Chair Prof Allan Fels this week delivered the fourth Winston Rickards Memorial Oration at The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The annual oration raises awareness of current and critical concerns in child and adolescent mental health. Prof Fels spoke of the importance of early investment, accessibility to services and the cost to the economy. You can read his full address here.

He also announced the release of our latest ‘spotlight’ report. Last year we commissioned non-government organisation Batyr, with the support of the Young and Well-Cooperative Research Centre, to look at how we can better engage and involve young Australians in our work. "Young people need to be provided with an opportunity to have a voice. Engaging young people is fundamental to building a new system of mental health in Australia. I'm delighted we were able to partner with Sebastian Robertson and his team at Batyr on this important work," said Associate Professor Jane Burns, CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. The report; How did we score? Engaging young people in the development of a National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention gives us a picture of what respondents are looking for in the Commission. It is an early step and sets the scene for future engagement.

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Key dates 12-18 May Schizophrenia Awareness Week 15-21 May National Families Week 21 May Council of Non-Government Organisations Meeting (CONGO) 24-26 July The National Suicide Prevention Conference The Sydney Declaration Members from leading mental health organisations and Commissions from around the world met in Sydney in March for a two day meeting hosted by the Commission. Participants agreed to issue a declaration setting out their commitment and dedication to pursuing actions in the following five areas; •Indigenous mental health •Seclusion and restraint •Work and mental health •Knowledge exchange •International benchmarking The Commission has already demonstrated its commitment to these priorities by calling for mental health to be included as an additional target in the Closing the Gap program, working with representatives of the business sector to develop initiatives aimed at improving mental wellbeing in the workplace and has committed to a call for evidence of best practice in reducing and eliminating seclusion and restraint to help identify good practice treatment approaches. The declaration is now available to read on our website. Read the Sydney Declaration here National Contributing Life Project

Work on the design and development of what will be a regular qualitative survey of people with lived experience of mental health problems, their familes and supporters is progressing well. You can read an update on the project here. The project team led by Leanne Craze are seeking your feedback and comment to inform the development of the national survey. You can do this online or download a copy of the consultation survey from our website here. Complete the online survey

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Jobs at the Commission We're currently looking for a Senior Policy and Project Officer to join our Sydney team. To be a strong contender for the role you will enjoy working in a complex and challenging environment, be a team player who is flexible and delivers results, have the highest standards of personal integrity, and be committed to social justice. Applicants who have a lived experience of mental health difficulties, a disability and/or are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, or come from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply and to indicate this in their application. Applications for the position close on 23 May 2013. You can download the position description here

Š Copyright 2013 National Mental Health Commission.

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5/ I am anxiety: I am anxiety Date May 17, 2013 - 10:44AM

Sarah Berry One in four of us experience it, yet we don't talk about it. This is why. The feeling is familiar. It rises up from my belly constricting my throat, slowly strangling the words away. When it was at its worst a blanket of blind panic would spread itself over me. Anxiety is something that, like many others, I've assumed is just a part of my personality - an embarrassing quirk I try to keep contained. It's something I've learned to manage through meditation techniques, exercise and avoiding the odd occasion - some social functions, for instance - where I fear it might rear its ugly head. "I am the tightening of your heart, the snowballing worries that feel like they might become an avalanche and bury you in an instant." But it is avoidance and the assumption that anxiety is a personality flaw that prevents people from fixing it, says CEO of Beyond Blue, Kate Carnell. Which is an issue considering one in four Australians experience it but few recognise they have it. "People are talking about depression more and know it's a condition you should seek treatment for," she says. "It's not the same with anxiety. People think it's a personality failure - they think 'there's something wrong with me'." Advertisement To address this misconception, Beyond Blue released a YouTube clip last week titled I Am Anxiety. People's experience of anxiety varies, however the clip seems to have hit a nerve. It has already had over 140,000 hits and has been getting plenty of attention on social media. In the clip, actor Ben Mendelsohn, who was approached by Carnell about the role, plays Anxiety. "I've been expecting you," he says. "Don't tell me you don't recognise me. "I'm the ill-ease that you feel when you walk into a crowded room. I'm the hot and cold flushes that confuse you when you are already confused enough. I am the one that raises the whip to your already racing heart. "I am the tightening of your heart, the snowballing worries that feel like they might become an avalanche and bury you in an instant.

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"My friend, I am the obsessive and the compulsive. I'm the voice, you know the one, who's always questioning, questioning, questioning everything you do, everything you think. And I am every single staring eye that watches you and every single one of those places that you try so desperately to avoid." On the day the clip launched Beyond Blue received close to 20,000 hits on their website, up from their average of 5000 hits a day. Since then they've been getting close to 10,000 hits a day. "What's extraordinary is to see the emails we've been getting," Carnell says, in response to the clip. One, she explains, said: "All of a sudden I realised it wasn't just my personality. I think you might've saved my life." Rates of anxiety have risen about 40 per cent in the past six years. To put this into perspective depression rates have increased about 3 per cent over the same period, according to Carnell. They "don't really know why" there's been such an increase, but she suspects our lifestyles and the pressure we put on ourselves have something to do with it. "We're living in an increasingly stressful world... expectations are high, there are lots of pressures and lots of people are struggling with that." Anxiety differs from a personality trait, like shyness, or a passing emotion like nerves, Carnell says. "Shyness might mean you're not comfortable in front of people, social anxiety could have quite physical symptoms and would make you stay home," she explains. "If it's really affecting the way you live your life it's very likely you're experiencing an anxiety disorder that is treatable." The first step in treating it, she says, is recognising it. "You need to know anxiety to be free from it," the anxiety clip finishes with. As Mendelsohn says: "So, now that we have become acquainted, what are you going to do about it?" For more information about symptoms and treatments, go to: Beyond Blue

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6/ Zero Tolerance for Sexual Assault: ‘A safe admission for women’: Further to our email yesterday, numerous people asked where they could get a copy of the ‘Zero Tolerance for Sexual Assault: A safe admission for women’ report. We are pleased to be able to direct you to the link here http://www.vmiac.org.au/pub/zero_tolerance_for_sexual_assault.pdf which will open up a ‘pdf’ copy of the report if you have adobe reader installed. Also as we said yesterday, you can follow the next link to see the original television report and view the segment or read a transcript. And finally, if you’ve not already, please consider signing and publicising the consumer developed petition http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/victorian-government-stop-sexual-assault-ofwomen-in-psychiatric-care

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7/ NEVIL CENTRE Carer and Consumer Consultants Training Needs Analysis Workshop: NORTH EAST VICTORIA INNOVATIVE LEARNING, TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (NEVIL) (Incorporating Austin Health, Eastern Health, Forensicare, Goulburn Valley Health, North East Health Wangaratta and St Vincent’s Health)

invites you to a Carer and Consumer Consultants Mental Health Training Needs Analysis Workshop Date:

Monday 22nd July, 2013

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9.30 am to 3.30 pm

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Seymour Aquatic Centre Pollard Street Seymour

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We want to find out what knowledge and skills you have and those you want to have to undertake your roles as Carer and Consumer Consultants. Consumer and Carer Consultants who come to the day will have an opportunity to work within their own groups to decide what training is required to maximise their skills in working with other consumers or carers within their workplaces. It will also provide an opportunity for consumers and carers to network with other consumers and carers across the NEVIL Cluster.

Suitable for: All Consumer and Carer Consultants in the Northern and Eastern regions (covered by NEVIL) Cost:

Free

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Morning tea and lunch

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8/ Calls for sexual abuse investigation in Australian psychiatric facilities: Calls for sexual abuse investigation in Australian psychiatric facilities Rachel Carbonell reported this story on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:18:00 Listen to MP3 of this story (minutes) ALTERNATE WMA VERSION | MP3 DOWNLOAD EMILY BOURKE: The Mental Health Council of Australia is calling for a nation-wide investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of women in psychiatric facilities. It says a Victorian report that found nearly 50 per cent of women in mental hospitals had experienced abuse is likely to be reflected elsewhere around the country. The council has also backed the report's call for mandatory reporting of sexual abuse in psychiatric care facilities. Rachel Carbonell reports. RACHELL CARBONELL: Fifty women who had been in psychiatric care were randomly selected for the survey, and although advocates in the sector have long been aware of the issue anecdotally, even they were surprised by the high incidence of sexual assault revealed by the study. The report was conducted by the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council. Isabell Collins is the director. ISABELL COLLINS: Eighty-five per cent, or 87 per cent felt unsafe; 65 per cent had experienced some form of harassment; 45 per cent had experienced sexual assault. More than 60 per cent reported it, but only 18 per cent felt the responses from staff were adequate. RACHELL CARBONELL: The reports of abuse and harassment pertain to multiple hospitals. Karen Field was the guardian of a young woman, Julie Preston, who reported being sexually abused at Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital. Ms Field told ABC TV's 7.30 program Julie was recovering from a suicide attempt when it happened. KAREN FIELD: She had a black eye. She'd been assaulted by this same patient, a male patient, in this emergency care unit, ECU, three times and it wasn't until the third time that she was assaulted that they actually removed this guy from the unit. RACHELL CARBONELL: A week later Karen Field says she was called to the hospital DATE:17/May/2013

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after Julie was sexually assaulted. KAREN FIELD: She was quite hysterical, crying, sobbing, pacing. I asked what had happened, one of the nurses had told me that she'd been sexually assaulted. I asked if the police had been called or if she'd been offered to lay charges against the person, has she received medical treatment. Nothing had been done. RACHELL CARBONELL: Julie Preston committed suicide two years later. In a statement, a St Vincent's Hospital spokesperson said the hospital takes allegations of sexual assault extremely seriously. At the time of any allegation, the hospital takes immediate action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all concerned. The hospital policy requires that any sexual assault, whether proven or alleged, must be reported to the police and the patient's family, and that the hospital is continually improving patient safety. Isabell Collins says part of the problem is a culture within the system. ISABELL COLLINS: That women who have a mental illness, if they experience sexual abuse or harassment or assault, that is somehow less important than it is for women who don't have a mental illness. Indeed, you know, I said last night, if this was happening in a general in-patient unit, it would be stopped immediately and I think that it's about time that we started making managers of mental health services accountable. RACHELL CARBONELL: The report calls for mandatory reporting of sexual abuse to Victoria's chief psychiatrist. The World Today requested an interview with the chief psychiatrist but he was unavailable. The Mental Health Council of Australia says mandatory reporting is needed to get an idea of how prevalent the problem is. Chief executive Frank Quinlan says a national investigation of the incidence of sexual abuse in mental health facilities must now be undertaken. FRANK QUINLAN: I think these findings are simply too important and too disturbing to ignore and I think that a study that did determine the scale of these problems nationally would be an important first step towards having these problems addressed nationally. As I said, it's - it would be surprising if these circumstances were particular or unique to Victoria and so I think we all have cause to be alarmed. RACHELL CARBONELL: Frank Quinlan agrees the culture within mental health care is partly to blame for the problem, and like the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, he'd like to see a holistic approach in all facilities to reducing the risk of sexual abuse to patients.

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FRANK QUINLAN: I think that we've had an attitude that has provided people with mental illness with a second class from of service often. Often people with mental illness are second class citizens within the health system, and so I think that's part of it. I think we also have services that are often simply overwhelmed by the demand and by the need of the community and so I think in environments where we have shortages of staffing and shortage of resources, these things are more likely to happen. But most importantly I think it happens because we tolerate it and we allow it and we've adopted a zero tolerance approach to many things, including ironically smoking in many of these facilities, but it seems on the face of it that we may have done a better job protecting people from second hand smoke than we've done from protecting them from sexual assault. RACHELL CARBONELL: The Victorian Mental Health Minister, Mary Wooldridge, said in a statement, "Women have the right to receive treatment and care, free from fear of victimisation, violence, sexual assault and re-traumatisation." Ensuring services respect and are sensitive to women's needs and their safety is a Coalition government priority. EMILY BOURKE: Rachel Carbonell reporting. http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3758577.htm

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9/ People with schizophrenia 'face more health risks': People with schizophrenia 'face more health risks' By Nonee Walsh, staff Updated Thu May 9, 2013 4:25pm AEST

PHOTO: Advocates say people with schizophrenia need better access to general health care services. (ABC News) MAP: Australia A mental health support group says people with schizophrenia have the worst physical health profile in Australia. Australians with schizophrenia are 50 per cent more likely to die from a heart attack, 20 per cent more likely to get cancer and have a lifespan of 25 years less than the average Australian. There are an estimated 200,000 Australians with schizophrenia. The Schizophrenia Fellowship of New South Wales says the physical health of those with schizophrenia has not improved in the last 100 years. "If it was any other group there would be screams about it in the street," chief executive Rob Ramjan said. AUDIO: New campaign to raise awareness of Schizophrenia suffering (Breakfast) "It is the physical health issues that are killing them, not the mental health illness." Mr Ramjan says schizophrenics have the highest type-2 diabetes rate of any group of people in the world, which can increase with certain types of medication. "In the case of type-2 diabetes there appears to be some linkage between the two illnesses hat leads to people with schizophrenia having that higher rate. "In other areas, people will have a disorder but they won't get the treatment and there are two possible reason for that. "One is that the health system because of the stigma associated with mental illness is not providing the treatment and the other is that the person with schizophrenia may have impaired decision making."

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He believes the focus needs to move away from solely addressing mental health symptoms. "So if somebody is complaining of a chest pain they might be delusional, but unfortunately they might be having a heart attack," he said. A guy that I used to case manage years ago had a motorcycle accident and went to a large hospital. They saw on his medical record that he has schizophrenia. He was left in the waiting area for 11 hours. When they finally checked on him he was dead. He'd had massive internal injuries. But because of the diagnosis of mental illness he was not treated in the way that he should have been. So that barrier still exists and it's a massive barrier to people getting appropriate and adequate treatment. Rob Ramjan The fellowship says Australian governments are spending about half of what they should be on mental health services. He also says Australia has the worst record in OECD countries of assisting people with a psychiatric disorder back into employment. Despite the scale of the problem, Mr Ramjan says it is not intractable. He says it is scientifically established that treatment such as dental hygiene improvement will reduce mental health symptoms, so more effort has to go into the physical health of people with mental health problems. "It's the whole person that needs to be looked at. Not just treat the symptoms, but treat the whole person. Assist the person on their recovery journey," he said. "Having a group of people who have the worst health profile in this country who can't get employment who are living in poverty leads to a hopeless situation." Mr Ramjan says community support for people with schizophrenia is also important. "People with schizophrenia, major mental illness, want a better quality of life. They need access to the services that will help them get that," he said. May 12-18 is national Schizophrenia Awareness Week. For more information visit the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW website. Top

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The email is sent every week and contains items which may interest mental health consumers, carers and service providers and which otherwise they may not be able to access. Thank you for subscribing to this VMIAC email if you wish to unsubscribe please contact info@vmiac.org.au Bill Moon or Dominic Troughton Information Officer Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council Tel (03)9380 3900 http://www.vmiac.org.au/This message is intended for the addressee and may contain confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this message and notify the sender. Views expressed are those of the document initiator/writer, and are not necessarily the views of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council.

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