2010 Australian of the Year and mental health reform campaigner, Professor Pat McGorry takes us through a more holistic, more human approach to mental health. Focussed on diagnosis. treatment and management that includes earlier recognition, less stigma and “right tool – right time” approaches, Pat wants us to change the way we deal with mental health issues.
We are at a tipping point for mental health reform in Australia. Not only can we no longer afford to do nothing, but we now have the opportunity, capacity and momentum to deliver genuinely transformational change.
Professor Pat McGorry is Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health, a world-renowned mental health organisation for young people that has put Australia at the forefront of innovation in the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Orygen targets the needs of young people with emerging serious mental illness, including first-episode psychosis and has become the model upon which many other youth mental health services in the world are based.
Professor McGorry is also a director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace). He believes that early intervention offers the greatest hope for recovery and therefore takes every opportunity to educate the community to recognise the early signs of mental illness, without stigmatising or discriminating.
Professor McGorry was named as Australian of the Year in January 2010 in recognition of “his extraordinary 27-year contribution to the improvement of the youth mental health sector [that] has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of young people the world over.”