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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Page: 2867

Senator URQUHART (TasmaniaOpposition Whip in the Senate) (11:56): At the request of Senators Moore and O'Neill, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 20 May to 27 May 2018 is Schizophrenia Awareness Week,

(ii) people affected by serious mental illness, in particular psychotic illness, are among the most highly stigmatised and socially marginalised people in Australia, with nearly a quarter of people feeling isolated and over 13 per cent report having no friends at all,

(iii) people with schizophrenia are 12 times more likely to die from suicide than the general population,

(iv) factors that play a very important role in influencing recovery from schizophrenia include family relationships, treatment adherence, supportive therapeutic relationships, and access to community support, and

(v) we all have a role to play to 'Do What We Can Do' to build inclusive communities; and

(b) calls on all governments in Australia to secure funding for recovery-oriented mental health services, in both hospital and community settings, as agreed to in the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.