Osher Günsberg hits back after Daily Mail’s ‘Bali belly’ flop | The Weekly Beast

The Bachelor host’s complaint about article ridiculing his weight forces a Press Council ruling. Plus new ABC chairman Justin Milne makes all the right noises

The host of The Bachelor, Osher Günsberg, once known as Andrew G, forged a career as a music video host on Channel V and then as the co-host of Australian Idol. He is used to being in the spotlight but when Daily Mail Australia targeted him in a classic fat-shaming piece he decided to take a stand. In September Günsberg was appalled when paparazzi photographs of him taking a break from filming while on location for the Ten reality show were published.

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Does making a polarising #auspol figure like Julia Gillard the head of @BeyondBlue, risk alienating people who just don’t like her? #TheDrum pic.twitter.com/577STGw1MQ

My Good weekend column on being agnostic resulted in many offers to convert me which I really should’ve seen coming. https://t.co/xdoA1onum0 pic.twitter.com/al9xy020Gu

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Informal mental health carers in Australia ‘contribute $13bn a year’

Unpaid care worth 1.7 times more than governments invest in mental health services, researchers say

Informal mental health carers are contributing $13.2bn annually by caring for people with mental illness – 1.7 times more than Australian governments invest in mental health services each year, a report from the University of Queensland has found.

The report, The Economic Value of Informal Mental Health Caring in Australia, was commissioned by community mental health service provider Mind Australia and will be launched at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday.

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Why virtual reality could be a mental health gamechanger

We’re still a long way from from being able to provide timely treatment to everyone who needs it, but we could be on the brink of change thanks to VR

Few tech topics are hotter right now than virtual reality (VR). Though it’s been around for decades, VR has at last entered the world of consumer electronics via devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and, increasingly, headsets that can be used in conjunction with our mobile phones. But VR isn’t just a technological game-changer: it could transform the way we tackle mental health problems.

Not so long ago, talking about psychological problems was taboo. Now the scale of these disorders is no longer a secret. We know, for example, that one in four people will experience mental health issues at some point in their life. The ramifications from this ocean of distress aren’t merely personal; the socio-economic consequences are profound. Nearly half of all ill health in working age adults in the UK is psychological. Mental illness costs the UK economy £28 billion every year — and that’s excluding NHS costs.

Related: Virtual reality isn’t just for gaming – it could transform mental health treatment

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Mental health workers struggle with stigma about their own issues

Cuts and stretched services are affecting the mental health of carers in the sector, with many too ashamed to seek help

Understanding around mental health is improving: campaigns such as Time To Change have drawn public awareness to the issue and employers are realising the affects of dedicated wellbeing support to staff – which have led to a 30% reduction in mental health-related absences. But surprisingly, stigma still exists for those working in mental healthcare themselves.

Many people working in the sector are reluctant to talk about their own experiences, says Elizabeth Cotton, an academic at Middlesex University researching the topic. She was one of them. “I walked a thin line between being a competent professional and feeling like a fraud at managing my own mental health at work.”

Related: ‘I work full-time yet can’t afford to meet my basic needs’: care workers speak out

I still think every day about the patients I worked with and how the system is failing them

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It’s good to talk: pupils gather for world’s largest mental health lesson

More than 500 teenagers take part in event, which aims to raise awareness and help remove the stigma surrounding issue

“Talking about mental health does not make you weak,” the world’s largest mental health lesson has been told. Til Wykes, a clinical psychologist, told an audience of more than 500 13-18-year-olds from around the country: “We want to get people to come to treatment early because if they come early, they recover faster and they recover better.”

The event on Tuesday at Hackney Empire in east London, compered by the 4Music presenter Maya Jama, was designed to teach children and young people about what mental health is, how to protect it and deal with problems when they arise. Officially recognised as the Guinness World Record for the largest-ever mental health lesson, with 538 young people present, the hope is that it also raises general awareness about the issue among young people and helps combat the stigma surrounding it.

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Find the funds to help girls buy their sanitary products | Letters

I was saddened to read your report (Girls from poorer families ‘struggling to buy tampons’, 18 March). This is alarming and consistent with the rising levels of child poverty in this still wealthy country. But with our current divisive Brexit fixation, this situation will only deteriorate. It is no wonder that mental health problems are affecting more and more young people. To add this extra burden on young girls at a sensitive time of the month is iniquitous, leaving them languishing at home negating their education at a very important stage.

It is to be hoped that the government thinks again about the funding for schools, as this will undoubtedly lead to more teachers being made redundant and their altruism to these girls will be placed further in jeopardy. Please, Mrs May, forget your vainglorious grammar schools and bring our girls back from the brink where even the basics are unaffordable.
Judith Daniels
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study

Trees and green spaces are unrecognised healers offering benefits from increases in mental wellbeing to allergy reductions, says report

People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report.

Middle-aged Scottish men with homes in deprived but verdant areas were found to have a death rate 16% lower than their more urban counterparts. Pregnant women also received a health boost from a greener environment, recording lower blood pressures and giving birth to larger babies, research in Bradford found.

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Good social workers are invaluable. So let’s give them proper support | David Brindle

Research reveals that some think social workers are there to pop to the shops for you. It’s time to restore some prestige

About three in every 10 people in Britain think social workers help with household chores like cooking and cleaning, with personal care like washing and dressing, and with childcare. Two in 10 reckon they will nip to the shops for you. Asked to choose from a given list of professionals they consider important providers of mental health support, 69% of people identify psychiatrists and 65% GPs – but only 41% pick social workers.

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Related: Social care is in desperate need of a champion | David Brindle

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Jamal Edwards breaks taboos around men’s mental health – video

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Jamal Edwards, founder of film-making company SBTV, asks why so many men are taking their own lives, and whether society’s stereotypes of masculinity have stopped men from seeking help with depression

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Julia Gillard to take over from Jeff Kennett as chair of beyondblue

Board elects former PM unanimously as founder steps down, saying he will miss ‘my most important role’ outside family

Julia Gillard is to take over from Jeff Kennett as the chair of the mental health organisation beyondblue when he steps down on 1 July.

The former prime minister, who joined the board of beyondblue in 2014, was elected unanimously by the board, beyondblue said.

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Delighted to take over the reins as @beyondblue Chair from @jeff_kennett – thank you Jeff & the board for your trust and support – JG pic.twitter.com/UJs83zArhC

A wonderful warrior for a really important cause. Well done. https://t.co/Z9FfSbFOvM via @abcnews

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To stop doctors ending their lives, we need to hear from those suffering | Ranjana Srivastava

The revelation that four junior doctors have taken their own lives in recent months obliges us to look at why doctors with mental illnesses don’t speak up

The ceilings soar impressively high, the stained-glass windows are exquisite, and the satin-adorned pews stretch majestically to the dignified altar. Amid the silence punctuated by the barest of sobs, I spot doctors whom I have long lost track of. And row upon row of nurses, still tight years later. As we wait for the service to begin, we imagine we are all silently interrogating our memories about each other. Time parted us for decades before we have gathered in such dreadful circumstances.

“I wanted you to hear it from me,” a colleague had said, audibly upset on the phone. I nearly collided with the pavement when I heard.

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Doctors say that the disclosure of mental illness poses a real threat – to license and insurance, career and reputation

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Bravo, Sesame Street – your character with autism will erode ignorance | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

The arrival of Julia is a wonderful thing. Any child who watches her will learn about acceptance and understanding of difference

It is commonly held that kids can be cruel, but it’s not a phrase I have ever used, largely because I regard it as a spectacular understatement. Children can be, and frequently are, awful, vile, contemptible and vicious, along with many other things that I cannot put in a family newspaper.

I learned this from growing up with a brother who has autism. There were a few exceptions, but in the large part the children in our village were not equipped to understand or accept abnormal behaviour, and so resorted to mockery and imitation – behaviour that, thankfully, my brother’s severe disability precluded him from being hurt by, though that didn’t preclude me being affected by it.

The extent to which the discourse around autism has moved on even in the past decade is encouraging

Related: Sesame Street’s Count von Count and the lack of foreign voices on children’s TV

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