Mental illness is complex. And so, the medical model of mental illness is complex too. Once in a while, it becomes news. Critics start to opine: too many people are getting sucked in. Too many people are taking pills they don’t need. Too many people are going to their doctors when they’re sad or nervous or unable to complete everyday tasks. Clinical terms have entered the vernacular to describe non-clinical behaviour: “psychotic” is just feeling passionate about something; “OCD” means wanting to have a clean house. It has become impossible, critics suggest, to know who’s actually unwell and who’s just tired.
Fund Got Ur Back Foundation Inc to purchase Mt Bundy Station in the Northern Territory and establish a Residential Trauma Rehabilitation Centre for Children
A couple of years ago, I fought to save the life of a six-year-old child, to make sure she never attempted suicide again.
MT Bundy Station could be the answer to the NT’s depressing cycle of youth crime, says one NGO looking to purchase the property.
The ambitious plan from Top End youth trauma and support organisation ‘Got Ur Back Foundation’ (GUBF) would see the station, which has been on the market since 2012, become the home for youth diversion in the NT, getting troubled kids off the streets and setting them to work.
Seven per cent of people who are aged under 25 will account for half of the estimated $100 billion cost of the state’s social services by the time they are 40 years old.
The stark finding is contained in the Forecasting Future Outcomes report, a NSW government paper to be released on Friday, which studied the predicted reliance of 3.1 million people aged under 25 on social services.