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Mental Health Month: Queensland has highest rate of suicide in Australia

EIGHT Australians are taking their own life each day – a deeply disturbing statistic. The annual suicide rate climbed to more than 3000 deaths for the first time in 2015 – and unfortunately this bleak snapshot is compounded by a new survey finding that more than 80 per cent of Australians believe our society is becoming a lonelier place. Queensland ... Read More »

University program gives hope to women with mental illness

Jane Sullivan and Gordana Stanojevic

MENTAL illness left Jane Sullivan in isolation for nearly a decade until a Catholic university education program helped her find her voice. Ten years ago, Ms Sullivan was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a serious mental illness that made her extremely tired and unable to commit to long-term activities including work and study. “All up until that time period of being 38, I’d ... Read More »

EOFY: Ministry to mentally ill “a beacon of hope”

St Patrick's Church

BEHIND St Patrick’s Church in Fortitude Valley there is a centre that does good, indeed holy work.  It’s called the Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care centre and it’s one of Centacare’s pastoral ministries. The centre is a place where people who suffer from a psychiatric illness can learn new skills, grow in their faith and form true friendships.  It’s a beacon of ... Read More »

Mentally ill need Mass, prayer, says chaplain

PEOPLE with mental illness need spiritual care more than a handout, Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care chaplain Fr Jim Smith says. Fr Smith has been the chaplain for CPPC, a ministry dedicated to the mentally ill including people with schizophrenia, since 1987. In those 29 years, Fr Smith has come to realise that people with a mental disorder need pastoral care ... Read More »

How I’m trying to find peace with depression

DEPRESSION is like the weather; sometimes you wake up to a beautifully clear day with complete clarity, small clouds drift in and out of sight intermittently slight doubts that soon turn into a seemingly permanent blanket shrouding your thoughts. Finally they culminate in utterly frightful downpours, where all the wonder in the world turns to grey. Depression is far from ... Read More »

Brisbane groups offer Christmas support to marginalised

Homeless man sleeping

HELP is just a phone call away this Christmas with Brisbane archdiocesan groups, services and ministries working hard to ensure the marginalised, mentally ill or depressed are not forgotten. In a timely reminder, Youth Off The Streets founder Fr Chris Riley said Christmas was a lonely time of the year for some young people. “It can increase feelings of sadness ... Read More »

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