Mental health sector calls for reform action

Three reports reinforce the need for mental health reform

Three major reports have highlighted the need for systemic reform to address significant challenges in the current mental health system.

Mental Health Australia noted the reports coming from Monash University, the Brotherhood of Saint Laurence and the Butterfly Foundation all reinforce the need for a 10 year strategy focused on the intersection between mental health and all aspects of society.

The Monash University study discovered people living in disadvantaged areas of metro, regional and remote locations had access to less services, even though they required them the most.

The Brotherhood of Saint Laurence report showed the impact of youth unemployment was significant and directly impacted their emotional wellbeing.

The Butterfly Foundation stated that significant savings could be made if there was an investment in optimal interventions for people with eating disorders rather than sending them through the current system.

“The only way we can truly reform the mental health system is by having a long-term plan that connects our mental wellbeing with housing, employment, education and physical health, to name a few,” Mental Health Australia CEO, Frank Quinlan, said.

“In the face of these reports, we renew our call on government to release the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes to allow consultation and planning, and to commit to ending funding uncertainty for mental health organisations who are delivering essential services across all these areas.

“The mental health sector is committed to reform and renewal, it’s time to get started.”

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