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Inaugural Putney fellowship launches to address alarming rates of youth suicide in North Queensland

Putney fellowship

TOWNSVILLE leaders have come together to officially launch the Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship. In 2014, the Tropical Brain and Mind Foundation was formed and launched locally in response to the growing statistics of mental health, mental illness and suicide rates in North Queensland. The foundation aimed to raise funds to engage research into this area, in particular some of the ... Read More »

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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