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18    National Mental Health Week

Senator Ciccone, at the request of Senator Marielle Smith and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 165—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that it was National Mental Health Week from 5 to 12 October 2019, National Headspace Day on 9 October 2019 and World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019;

               (b)       recognises that:

                                     (i)       in Australia around 950,000 young Australians (12 to 25) will be affected by a mental health issue each year,

                                    (ii)       Headspace has been instrumental in assisting young Australians to strengthen their wellbeing and manage their mental health,

                                  (iii)       Headspace has assisted 520,000 young people since it was established in 2006, and

                                  (iv)       more needs to be done to tackle the mental health crisis in Australia; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to take action to reduce the stigma that sadly still surrounds mental health conditions, explore greater investment opportunities in mental health and move ahead on delivering the new Headspace centres it promised during the election campaign.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.