Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has called on the Turnbull government to take responsibility and invest more into mental health services who are struggling with a surge in demand as a result of the same-sex marriage postal survey.
“He was warned this would happen now he needs to take responsibility for it,” Mr Shorten told Fairfax Media. “Turnbull promised a respectful debate. This is his survey – and it’s his responsibility to ensure services are equipped to deal with this unprecedented demand.”
Writing to Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Shorten is calling for a “small increase” in funding to help the counselling services.
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that mental health groups including ReachOut, Headspace and BeyondBlue have all reported increased calls or website traffic since the campaign kicked off in August and that the government’s own National Mental Health Commission has also expressed “concerns about the detrimental mental health impacts of the marriage equality debate”.
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