Mental health shake-up on the way

AUSTRALIA'S mental health system is facing a major shake-up as the Federal Government responds to the scathing outcomes of the National Mental Health Commission review.

Health Minister Sussan Ley said she was putting the final touches on a "significant reform package" that would be revealed by year's end.

THE NMHC found Australia's mental health system was fragmented and disjointed, leading to patients falling "through the cracks."

"From this review, it was clear that we needed to re-think our approach to mental health, and change the focus from a service-centred approach to one where services are organised around the needs of the person," Ms Ley said.

"This is why we have sought advice from the Mental Health Expert Reference Group on how best to translate the National Mental Health Commission's recommendations into an implementation plan to take the report from paper to policy."

This week is Mental Health Week.

Ms Ley urged all Australians to make a mental health promise to themselves.

"Mental Health Week is held annually to raise awareness of mental health in the community, reduce the stigma associated with mental ill-health, and most importantly, to encourage help-seeking behaviour," she said.

If you or someone you know needs support contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. - APN NEWSDESK


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