South Australia’s Mental Health Plan

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South Australia’s Mental Health Plan

The Mental Health Commission of South Australia  has launched the Mental Health Plan for the state. The MHC has a vision that has South Australia internationally recognised as a resilient, compassionate and connected community that takes a whole-of-person, whole-of-life, whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach to building, sustaining and strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians in order to grow the state’s mental wealth.

From Chris Burns CSC, SA Mental Health Commissioner;

The Plan provides strategic direction for strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians into 2022, with a 20-year vision for building a more resilient, compassionate and connected South Australia.

It identifies strategic directions that focus on:

·         promotion, education and early intervention to strengthen mental health and wellbeing and prevent mental illness
·         greater integration of services and care to provide the right care at the right time
·         strong leadership and governance in the sector and improved outcomes

Importantly, the Plan is built on the powerful feedback, stories, views and concerns expressed by over 2200 South Australians of all ages from across our State – I extend my heartfelt thanks for their generosity as their ideas and experiences have formed the essence of this Plan.

The Plan recognises that good mental health and wellbeing starts in our families, communities and workplaces and is supported by our mental health sector. We need to act early on people’s signs and symptoms before they reach a crisis point.

It also argues that early-in-life intervention and improving mental health awareness and management in the broader community will deliver significant economic and social dividends.

In continued partnership with South Australians, the Commission will now co-ordinate, facilitate, oversee and evaluate the implementation of the Plan and continue to promote public awareness of mental health and wellbeing within the State.

Minister Malinauskas has also announced that the first project to be rolled out through the Plan is sms4dadsSA, an initiative providing expectant and new fathers with information and connections to online services through texts to their mobile phone. Information on sms4dadsSA can be found at samentalhealthcommission.com.au.

I also offer my sincere thanks for the hard work, expertise and support of the Commission’s Project Steering Group, Community Advisory Committee and initial Youth Advisory Group and reference groups. Their experiences and advice have proved invaluable and ensured the Commission heard the voices of people of all ages, people with lived experience of mental illness, their families and friends; and community, government, non-government and industry stakeholders.

And a special mention to Adelaide artist Tara-Jade Dini-Brown whose superb artwork, “Kintsokuroi Woman”, graces the cover of our Plan. Learn more about the meaning behind Kintsukuroi Woman here.

You can download a copy of The Plan here.

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