Part of the long awaited National Mental Health Commission Review was made available in the media this afternoon.
The ABC reports that Minister Ley is set to meet with State and Territory Ministers later this week to look at State based ownership of redirection of services and funding. Suicide Prevention Australia will continue to work with the Commonwealth Department of Health to clarify what this means in practice for work being done as part of the focus on National Suicide Prevention Projects (NSPP).
Suicide Prevention Australia, as convenor of the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention, will be very pleased to see the National Mental Health Commission reiterate our goal of reducing suicide in this country by 50% in ten years, meaning more than 1200 people Australians can continue to live contributing lives in their community. This is an ambitious but necessary target to focus our collaborative health and wellbeing priorities.
Moving the focus from hospital care to community care will support efforts to strengthen the capacity of communities, particularly community driven suicide prevention and bereavement strategies. This has the real opportunity to benefit both the health system and individuals at risk. A clear commitment to rethinking our mental health system is crucial to offering the right care at the right time in the right setting. We hope to see longer funding cycles set out in the Review so this country has a real chance of translating the written word into meaningful leadership and action.
Finally, as an organisation passionate about the meaningful inclusion of lived experience, SPA sees a person-centric approach to mental health system reform as a positive step. We need a future where we, as a nation, are able to establish, implement, monitor and evaluate models, frameworks, programs and research that involve – rather than isolate – those with lived experience.