Posted by: jkirkby8712 | September 21, 2011

Tuesday, 20th September 2011 – the vulnerability of many.

Australia is often described as the ‘lucky country’ but for many of our people, that is a misnomer. For example one section of the community regularly serviced by ‘Frontier Services’ come to mind.

There is a much larger proportion of the population suffering from mental illness, than we generally care to reflect upon. And this tends to very much worse in remote areas of the nation – where, of course, there are almost no health professionals in close support, if at all, of the people in need. Looking at recent correspondence from ‘Frontier Services’ we learn that people living in remote Australia are more vulnerable to mental health issues, which makes sense when we know that the factors affecting health such as higher levels of poverty, unemployment, substance misuse, child abuse, domestic violence and social isolation affect the people of remote Australia so much more. And when there is little access to services, the situation becomes so much worse..

Rosemary Young, National Director of the organisation, writes as follows.

“We have been working with Dr John Ashfield, a clinical psychologist based in country South Australia, to resource our patrol ministers for their pastoral and counselling role amongst the people they serve. In a technical sense, this is pretty straightforward. John has lots of wonderful advice to provide to patrol ministers and many of them have outstanding counselling skills. And any increase in their knowledge is bound to be beneficial..  The reality is really, really different! So many people are suffering from depression. So many people are reluctant to talk about it.  And so many of their partners are really, really worried.  This is the single biggest issue patrol ministers face. Time after time, the conversation turns, eventually, to anxiety, to sleeplessness, to loss of confidence and interest in – well, everything really. And it’s absolutely draining – exhausting – and challenging. We need to be able to resource the patrol ministers really well with materials, information and personal support, so that they can provide the support their people need…………………The problem sits below the surface. The struggle every day to simply ‘cope’, to just ‘go on’, eventually becomes too great”.

Of course letters of this nature, are part of a call by Frontier Services for financial support. As a non-profit organisation under the auspices of the Uniting Church, the continuation of much of their work depends [like so many other community service and charity organisations] upon donations and/or the sale of small items such as the annual Christmas card and other like ‘gift’ sales. While my personal ‘donation’ is minimal, the regular newsletter and correspondence from the Service are a constant reminder of the generally unacknowledged work and support given to many sectors of our Australian community by such organisations. Also a reminder that for many of our fellow countrymen and women,  a concept of a ‘lucky country’ is but a dream!

Meanwhile, on a slightly brighter, but with also a touch of seriousness, the following little piece which was sent to me recently – I don’t usually appreciate the kind of forwards that continually go around the internet world, I simply discard most of them without much thought.  This one had some value – an interesting way of looking at things – something for us all to think about!!


Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use.
However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules. The first set of rules would be:
Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
You may only spend it.
Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day. The second set of rules:
The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, It’s over, the game is over! It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right? Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?
Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can’t seem to see it.
Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.
What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost.
Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time….WITHOUT WARNING.
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.
Think about that, and always think of this:
]Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.
So take care of yourself, be Happy, Love Deeply and enjoy life!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.
Start spending.


Yes, certainly a thought or two worth considering. Meantime, closer to home, my eldest son called around last evening, with his ever exuberant dog [Murphy] – though, not so much as a visit, but to collect a loan I agreed to give him, to pay for some rather expensive car repairs!!    As I am reminding all of them at present, ‘Dad’ may not be so easily in the position of ‘helping’ out in that manner after this year, but certainly quite happy to do so while I can!!!  I’ve been helped that way in the past by a family member, and certainly try and return the ‘favour’ whenever that is possible. A bonus from that visit – Susan came out of her ‘rooms’ for a brief while, to join us – well to see James and his dog, essentially I guess –  with her home most of the time now [studies up north basically finished and/or given away because of other problems, though Dad is still paying the rent commitment in Bendigo], one might have expected to see more of the girl. It hasn’t really worked out that way, and apart from putting in an appearance for a meal [prepared or provided by ‘yours truly], Susie is spending most of the time when she is home, in one or other of the two rooms she frequents most in the house! At least she has a bit of part time work, while waiting for more permanent options to come along  – she has more or less taken over the part time selling role Jodie had at Bakers Delight, with Jodie now working full time with ‘Life Saving Victoria’ [into her second week now – I wonder how she is coping with the Monday to Friday routine that most of us have to get used to?


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