Friday, 27 November 2015 13:06

10 year mental health plan to support every Victorian

Victoria’s 10 year mental health plan has been released today, aiming to promote mental health and wellbeing, reducing suicide rates and providing better access to and choice about services for people with mental illness.

More than 1.2 million Victorians suffer from mental illness every year, making it one of the most common forms of disability in the community.

The plan sets out a number of outcomes such as:

  • reducing the gap in social and emotional wellbeing for at-risk groups, particularly for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, refugees and asylum seekers, children in out of home care, and people who are same-sex attracted, trans, gender diverse or intersex
  • closing the health gap between Aboriginal Victorians and the general population
  • reducing the suicide rate
  • ensuring infants, children, young people and their families are supported to develop the life skills and abilities to manage their own mental health
  • ensuring older Victorians are supported to build the protective factors for good mental health
  • ensuring people living with mental illness, their families and carers get the same respect, advantages and opportunities as others, live free from stigma or discrimination, and have their rights upheld
  • ensuring people with mental illness and their carers and families maintain good physical health, stable housing, finances, employment and educational opportunities.

Thousands of Victorians have been involved in the plan’s development through an online consultation, including people with a mental illness, their families and carers, service providers, clinicians, workers, experts and community members.

The plan will be implemented by an expert taskforce who will be supported by four standing reference groups: lived-experience leadership, workforce, innovation and Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing.

To access the plan and received email updates visit www.mentalhealthplan.vic.gov.au.

Mental health, disability and the law

In Victoria it is against the law to discriminate against you because of a disability such as mental illness. Find out more about disability discrimination.

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