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July 21, 2017

We read so often where young people die of drug overdoses in the city, suburbs and the country.

To think there are no dealers in Seymour would be foolish.

If you happen to know a drug dealer, informing the police is probably not an option you are going to be keen to do, even though your call will be anonymous.

You probably want to keep the peace and look the other way.

But, think for a minute of the future generation and their children.

The dealers make the money and they also make the user’s life shorter, or the addict becomes a walking zombie.

Even if you are on drugs or in rehab at the moment, think what a wonderful world it is, and with a nice partner you can enjoy time together with family and children.

— Graham Palmer,

Seymour

Mental health awards

The statistics regarding mental health in Australia are both startling and unacceptable.

One in three Australians will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime.

Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents.

We need to acknowledge those who are doing ground-breaking work in this area.

The Australian Mental Health Prize seeks to recognise Australians who have made outstanding contributions to either the promotion of mental health or the prevention and treatment of mental illness in areas such as advocacy, research or service.

I would like to encourage clinicians, health professionals and the public at large to nominate the people they feel should be recognised for their work.

More information and nomination forms can be found at www.australianmentalhealth prize.org.au

Entries close on August 31.

For those who are living with the burden of mental illness every day, thank you for your support.

— Ita Buttrose,

Australian Mental Health

Prize Advisory Group chair

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