1 in 5 Australians aged over 16 will experience mental ill-health each year.ii
On October 14, the conclusion of Mental Health Week, the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan was released. Working towards achieving an integrated mental health system, the Plan has a vision for a mental health system that: enables recovery, prevents and detects mental illness early, and ensures that all Australians with a mental illness can access effective and appropriate treatment and community support to enable them to participate fully in the community.
Acknowledging that it is not possible to fix all issues at once and for all population groups, the Plan builds on the foundation established by previous versions and focuses on significant issues that need to be addressed as part of the national approach. Working towards this, the Plan identifies eight priority areas:
- achieving integrated regional planning and service delivery
- effective suicide prevention
- coordinating treatment and supports for people with severe and complex mental illness
- improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention
- improving the physical health of people living with mental illness and reducing early mortality
- reducing stigma and discrimination
- making safety and quality central to mental health service delivery
- ensuring that the enablers of effective system performance and system improvement are in place.
To ensure that the Plan benefits the four million Australians who experience a mental health condition, the Plan will be implemented in partnership with the community, sector and all governments.
For more information about the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Plan and to learn how you and your organisation can be involved click here.
ii Australian Bureau of Statistics. National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Australia, 2007. Summary of Results, Cat no 4326.0, Canberra: ABS 2016.