Help to destigmatise mental illness
The majority of Australians are touched by the impact of mental health in some way.
Many live with the daily burden of anxiety or depression, or care for a loved one.
Devastatingly, thousands of Australians die by suicide each year and many more make an attempt.
It is the leading cause of death for Australians between 15 and 44 years of age, but it can be prevented.
There are thousands of people working tirelessly to make a difference in this field and their efforts could not be more urgent.
Anyone who knows of such a person would no doubt appreciate their achievements, but I would encourage them to take it one step further and nominate them for the Australian Mental Health Prize.
The Prize was established to acknowledge those who are doing innovative work in this area, whether they are involved in the industry as a vocation or are advocates because they have been touched by mental illness.
Acknowledging those who work or volunteer in the industry is an important part of the process to destigmatising mental illness.
Nominations are now open and I urge people to nominate people in your area.
More information and nomination forms can be obtained from www.australianmentalhealthprize.org.au
Entries close on September 7.
For those who are living with the burden of mental illness every day, thank you for your support.
Ita Buttrose AO OBE
Chair - Australian Mental Health Prize Advisory Group
Garden club reaches out to farmers
I am so proud of my fellow Robertson Garden Club members who have unanimously voted to donate $2000 to the drought relief appeal.
As long time supporters of the local Robertson community these funds have been able to be made from the sale of plants at our annual Open Gardens weekend.
The Robertson Garden Club returns all revenue from the weekend back into our community and are proud to be making this donation to drought affected farmers wherever they may be.
This year’s event will be held on October 13 and 14.
Take care on the roads
I know many people lead busy lives but this doesn’t give anyone the right to neglect their responsibilities when they are behind the wheel of a vahicle. I had two close encounters in Bowral on the weekend both due to people not sticking to the road rules.
The first occurred while I was travelling through a roundabout. I was completely on the roundabout when another motorist pulled in front of me. There were only a few centremetres between our two vehicles.
Shortly after I was part way on a pedestrian crossing when another motorist drove straight through not stopping for even a second. Fortunately I saw them coming and stepped back out of harms way.
Both these situations could have had a very different outcome, but fortunately I have survived, unharmed to tell the story.
In both cases the motorist proceeded on their way as if nothing had happened. Please people pay attention when you are driving, for your own well-being and that of others.