There was one message that sung through Royal Commission’s final report into Victoria’s mental health system, “the system is broken.”
Our three most-read stories this year encapsulate the adage ‘the personal is political,’ exploring wider issues in the world through lived experiences. Look out for these writers in 2021.
Simon Katterl takes us inside a public mental health hospital where it’s a daily battle for power and control.
Through the lilting analogy of the orchestra, this piece examines the interwoven nature of relationships with family, mental health and music.
What are the consequences of help? A_tistic’s new performance Helping Hands explores the ways in which ‘help’ can leave scars on those with disabilities.
Joe Patterson’s journey to Vietnam summons up a country still marked with the ravages of war, as told through the stories of Australian veterans who now call the place home.
Banok Rind, a nurse and Yamatji-Badimia woman, speaks about the Closing the Gap initiative with Right Now.
Other States of Mind testifies to the capacity of shared creativity to counter suffering and foster awareness in others.
The dangers of stigmatising legal practitioners suffering from mental ill health are not confined to the practitioners themselves – they ripple out across the profession and the community at large, writes Dr Michelle Sharpe.
Patients in remote and rural areas face grave inequalities in access to healthcare. Rebecca Tidswell outlines how the current framework is particularly ill-equipped to address the specific and complex demands of mental health issues.