This is a bit of an aside post, as it’s not to do with parenting. I am pleased to report that Prof. Patrick McGorry has been awarded the title of ‘Australian of the Year’. He is a psychiatrist who has done heaps of work in youth mental health. He has also worked with refugees and has made a public comment today about the fact that keeping asylum seekers in detention is a recipe for mental health problems. I worked for a while for an agency who treated torture and trauma survivors (refugees) and I was horrified at what these people had been through pre-migration, and just as horrified at what had happened to them when they arrived here, so I am pleased that he has made such a comment at a time when the newspapers will jump on it.
Psychiatrists rarely are in the media, as mentally ill people are still unfortunately stigmatised and judged in our community. We hear about doctors who treat burns, cure cancer and cut out brain tumours, but not psychiatrists. I hope that Prof. McGorry’s award helps to publicise mental health issues, particularly in young people.