The digital world can support mental health or it can erode it.
Government policies can support mental health or they can erode it.
This digital forum will examine the most important policy landscape facing South Australian voters as they make vital electoral decisions on the future of their society.
In fact, you may prefer a mental health policy portrait or still life rather than a landscape. How do you usually view social issues?
This is an ongoing forum, beginning in about five minutes from now.
It is likely to continue until about 6pm on Friday evening, 16 March
By 6pm on Saturday evening, 17 March 2018, decisions must be made by each voter, at the ballot box, preferably based on evidence.
1,201,775 people are eligible to participate in this forum, and in the other democracy-related activities of the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble.
Unless you are a candidate in the election, or you are participating in
the forum as a mental health professional, you are strongly encouraged
to use a pseudonym.
All personal details will be treated as confidential.
Your contact details will not be kept on file. Nor will they be used for any purpose other than to ask you further policy questions between now and Friday.
The forum is independent of all political parties, except the Mozarty Party.
The pseudonymous facilitator of the forum is one of the 27,600 voters within the electorate of Colton.
You may address that personage as Professor Felicity Fairness, should you so desire.
For very sensible reasons, the proceedings of the forum will not be conducted through social
Nor will there be any
in-person activities, media interviews or publicity stunts.
Occasional updates will be supplied through Twitter.
Mental health should always be discussed with moral integrity and artistic integrity, with or without the assistance of Monsieur Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin.
To participate officially in this forum, all you really need to do is answer the following questions by email before 10am on Wednesday 14 March at the very latest.
1. What is dignity in society and how does it relate to dignity in care?
2. When have you had undignified experiences and how did you respond in those situations?
3. What have been your experiences of mental health services in South Australia?
4. What do you believe to be the gaps between government policies, community practices, mental health legislation and human rights?
5. How is the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia helping and/or hindering mental wellness?
6. What should be done by the next state government to address the social factors associated with poor mental health?
7. How should public, community and private support services for mental wellbeing in South Australia be improved and/or restored?
8. How have you been comparing mental health policies promised during the 2014 state election campaign with those made in this one?
9. What are your views on the seemingly most relevant 2018 policy proposals of the Dignity Party?
10. What are your views on the seemingly most relevant 2018 policy proposals of the Labor Party?
11. What are your views on the seemingly most relevant 2018 policy proposals of the Liberal Party?
12. What are your views on the seemingly most relevant 2018 policy proposals of SA-Best?
13. What are your views on the seemingly most relevant 2018 policy proposals of the Australian Conservatives?
14. What are your views on the seemingly most relevant 2018 policy proposals of the Greens?
15. What are your own policy proposals to improve mental health and wellbeing in South Australia, and how have you been attempting to have them implemented?
To ensure fairness, responses to the above questions will be presented
here through quotes, within reason, as and when they arrive.
aforementioned political parties will be contacted by email this
evening, if possible, to invite their informative contributions.
Professor Fairness will not tolerate propaganda or spin.
In a week from now, whoever gains most influence in the State Parliament of South Australia will be expected to work with, or around, the federal approach to mental health.
That will be the subject for discussion here on Tuesday.
Tomorrow, in this forum, we will be exploring the most enlightened approaches to mental health and societal wellbeing, not just in Australia but all around the world.