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Independent, specialist mental health complaints body in Victoria
Independent, specialist mental health complaints body in Victoria

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A report commissioned by VicHealth shows 16-25 year olds with strong social supports are more likely to feel happy and cope better with life’s ups and downs than young people who don’t have good social supports.

Although most young Victorians have good mental wellbeing, the report shows more could be done to build resilience in this age group. http://bit.ly/1OeeVNu
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ABC Radio interviewed SANE Australia’s CEO, Jack Heath, on how Christmas can be a lonely time for people with mental illness. He talked about SANE Australia's new Christmas Dinner initiative, and how their forums, which are key supports for people in regional and rural communities, and Lifeline will continue to operate over the holiday period. http://bit.ly/1UpO0E0
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We would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season. On 24 December 2015, we will be closing at 3pm.

We will then be open as usual over the holiday period, except for public holidays. If you need emergency or crisis help, go to http://bit.ly/1PjiViq
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The Bright Futures report commissioned by VicHealth looks at the mental wellbeing of young people in Victoria and asks how best to build resilience needed in today's high tech global world. http://bit.ly/1NNtmHr
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The MHCC is pleased to support the Monash Health Service Mental Health Week Consumer Art Awards. This year, Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr presented awards to Ian Cameron for 'Waves of Passion' and Layla Hosking-Gregory for 'My Selfie'. Ian explained Waves of Passion was created during the anguish of waiting. Layla described her work as a self-portrait: “I drew it at 4am on a whim. I thought it would be interesting to draw myself, how I believe I look, rather than just a normal shot from a front camera.” http://ow.ly/i/eBPnW
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The Office of the Public Advocate, Community Visitors are volunteers empowered by law to visit Victorian disability accommodation services, supported residential services and mental health facilities. Mental Health Complaints Commissioner, Lynne Coulson Barr talked with volunteers about the key role of MHCC in resolving complaints about public mental health services. http://bit.ly/1WVxcDA
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The Office of the Public Advocate, Community Visitors are volunteers empowered by law to visit Victorian disability accommodation services, supported residential services and mental health facilities. Mental Health Complaints Commissioner, Lynne Coulson Barr talked with volunteers about the key role of MHCC in resolving complaints about public mental health services. http://bit.ly/1WVxcDA
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Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr presented at this week's 7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium. Lynne spoke about the key role of the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner and the importance of speaking up in rural and remote settings. http://bit.ly/1XCWrNd
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A 2015 review of empirical evidence about mental health and recovery conducted by Professor Mike Slade and Dr Eleanor Longden for MI Fellowship identifies seven evidence-based messages. Prof Slade and Indigo Daya, MI Fellowship's General Manager of Consumer & Carer Advocacy & Leadership, presented the findings to MHCC staff. Pictured: Prof Mike Slade, Mental Health Complaints Commissioner, Lynne Coulson Barr and Indigo Daya. http://bit.ly/1NzRrEl
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MHCC’s first annual report was tabled in Parliament on 7 October. It is now on our website at the link below. It’s a comprehensive report that explains in detail our approach to complaints. We have also produced two spotlight documents that summarise our work to resolve complaints and safeguard rights, also available on our website. We look forward to your feedback. http://bit.ly/1PBgERV
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