A role for lived experience mental health leadership in the age of Covid-19

In 2020 an invisible assassin has swept across the world, creating chaos, confusion and uncertainty. Covid 19 has taken many people’s health, some people’s lives and the lives of loved ones. It has destroyed livelihoods and put the financial futures of billions at risk. We are helpless, there is nothing to fight back with. We are trapped, we have to stay in our homes. We are physically isolated, our usual freedoms and way of life suspended…

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By Louise Byrne & Til Wykes
23 May 2020

Coming back from the brink

Coming back from the brink

Isolated, lacking support and not able to see his children Ryan* didn’t know where to turn.

Suicidal thoughts had started to creep in with isolation compounding the issue.

Family members encouraged him to reach out for help and gave him the number of a free counselling service provided by Male Support Services Waikato during lockdown.

Published in Sun Live


‘You grow up hating yourself’: why child abuse survivors keep – and break – their silence

Earlier this year Erin Delaney revealed on Facebook a secret she’d kept from almost everyone.

As a child she suffered physical and emotional abuse and severe neglect. The neglect had significant consequences, including a fractured skull from falling – which was only picked up when, after she vomited at school the next day, a member of her extended family intervened and took her to hospital.

Published in The Guardian


Catholic Church’s legal deluge compounded by damning Pell findings

The Catholic Church is facing hundreds of civil claims by victims of clerical sex abuse, bolstered by the royal commission’s findings about Cardinal George Pell’s role in the “catastrophic failure of leadership” in the Ballarat diocese.

The royal commission’s finding that Cardinal Pell knew nearly 40 years ago of the church’s practice of shifting notorious paedophile Gerald Ridsdale to different parishes to avoid scandal is likely to bolster the cases of abuse survivors who must demonstrate a breach of duty of care to successfully sue the church.

Published in Sydney Morning Herald


Job position: Pouārahi Māori – National Maori Coordinator

Job position: Pouārahi Māori – National Maori Coordinator

Established in 1997, Male Survivors Aotearoa (MSA) support male survivors of sexual abuse and are seeking a collaborative and influential leader fluent in Te reo Māori me ngā tikanga for the role of Pouārahi Māori.

The Pouārahi Māori will facilitate and implement the Kia Mārire “Effectiveness with Māori” strategy, taking a leading role in ensuring MSA’s services are valuable for Māori.

While this role is ideally based in Tai Tokerau, if you are an amazing facilitator, trainer and relationship builder other regions would be considered. Find out more and apply online.

Applications close on Friday 22nd May 2020.

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The hidden findings on George Pell are now clear: he could have protected children from abuse. He didn’t

This is the portrait of a deceitful man. We have waited over two and a half years but now we can read the unflinching verdict reached by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Cardinal George Pell.

With its last findings made public, it’s clear that no senior figure in any church who gave evidence to the commission has emerged as damaged as Pell.

Published in The Guardian


History will not be kind to George Pell, as royal commission reveals its secret findings

For more than 1,400 days, they waited.

Little kids but now grown up, the childhoods they’d left behind stained by trauma. They waited to discover what a Prince of the Church knew.

From those four days in 2016 when George Pell gave evidence from Rome via video link because his Vatican doctor declared him unable to fly to Australia; through the rest of the royal commission; through his trials, his appeals, and through a final month of delay.

Published in ABC News


Looking after mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19 resource (PDF)

If you’re a manager or workplace leader you can have a direct impact on the welfare and wellbeing of your employees.

The latest resource from the Mental Health Foundation will help workplace leaders to create work environments where people feel safe, calm, connected and hopeful throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Download Workplace Guide (PDF)

By Mental Health Foundation
Published in Mental Health Foundation website
19 March 2020

Shamed into silence: The hidden victims of male ‘honour’ abuse – BBC Newsnight

Most people have heard about “honour abuse” of women but men can be hidden victims too. Coming from conservative religious communities, they can find themselves having to hide anything from sexual abuse to domestic violence to their being gay, because to speak out could dishonour their families. Newsnight’s Katie Razzall has been speaking to men trapped in this predicament. If you need support with forced marriage or honour violence, help and support is available bbc.co.uk/actionline

By BBC Newsnight
11 April 2020

Labor urges early payments for sick, elderly survivors of child sex abuse

Labor fears some of the thousands of survivors of child sexual abuse with unresolved redress claims could die before they are compensated under the $3.8 billion scheme and has urged the federal government to make early payments to sick and elderly survivors.

The opposition has also called on the government to name and shame institutions that fail to join the voluntary scheme before its June 30 sign up deadline as more than 500 applications for compensation remain on hold because the survivor’s institution is yet to sign up.

Published in Sydney Morning Herald