READERS DISCUSS: What does a lack of health funding mean?

THE spotlight has been shone on mental health this week, particularly the issues facing regional areas.

We asked readers to comment on the lack of funding for mental health programs in Rockhampton and share their own experiences.

equarights: No mention of the huge salaries CEO's of these organisations receive....while one I know of doesnt even believe in free health. It's the waste of salaries for high level management who are not even qualified to be in the positions they hold as mental health professionals.

A lot of waste! I agree. The lower level health professionals are the ones who do the real work.... and are riddled with govt legislation and paperwork.

PLANTMAN: TMB should also list Lifeline contact info for people in immediate need whenever an issue relating to mental health appears in this newspaper.

The big money some people are earning in parts of Central QLD is also feeding into the demand for methamphetamines. Labs apparently open soon after one is closed. And the psychosis issues around these chemical cocktails, alcohol, domestic violence and other stressors really are unknown.

We are yet to see how far the meth issue will spread throughout society. And then comes the waves of complications for years into the future.

Doubling funding is a nice thought but we are facing a future tsunami and none of us are prepared for how far it will destroy us.

June Stitch Feldman: A big black cloud when mental health can't help because of cut backs. Sad.

Dianne Cartwright: I know this feeling very well, have had it for 22 years but without my meds I would be a sad and sorry person.

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