The Mental Health inquiry draft report was released on 31 October 2019.
You are invited to examine the draft report and to make written submissions by Thursday 23 January 2020.
Read the draft report at: https://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/mental-health/draft
Mental health affects everyone in Australia, because if you aren’t one of the one in two Australians who become mentally ill at some point during your lifetime,
you will certainly know someone who has been impacted by mental ill-health.
And while we spend 18 billion dollars a year on mental health, we estimate the economic effects alone of mental ill-health and suicide are up to 51 billion dollars a year.
So improving our mental health system and therefore the mental well-being of Australians will pay off in spades.
There’s a lot of problems in a current mental health system but it can be improved.
For example, we now lose more people to suicide than road vehicle accidents but it wasn’t always this way.
Deaths on the road have fallen dramatically due to a concerted effort across many areas and over many years.
We can do the same with mental health if we put the same effort in.
We need to make changes across not only a health system but also in our schools and workplaces.
Our draft report on Mental Health in Australia sets out an achievable path to improve mental health across Australia.
We want changes so the right services are available to people when they need them, wherever they are.
We need more mental health nurses, peer workers and psychiatrists.
We need better early identification and access to services for those under 25.
We need more low-intensity services but also alternatives to emergency services.
Better follow-up services for people who have attempted suicide and better coordination and accountability from government around providing services.
To read our overview or full draft report – go to pc.gov.au