Mental Health

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"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." - Aristotle Onassis

The Greens believe that all people who experience mental illness should be able to live free from stigma, discrimination and exclusion, and maximise their social and employment opportunities.

They should have access to high quality mental health care, threatment and support that is tailored to meet their specific needs.

This also means recognition of the vital roles of carers and more support for their services.

We believe that research and evaluation are crucial to reducing the incidence of preventable mental health problems, and improving outcomes for people experiencing and living with mental illness.

Lynn and the Greens are calling for the provision of adequate, affordable and coordinated services for all people with mental illness including community-based and hospital services.

This includes appropriate accommodation options and social support for people with ongoing serious mental illness.

There is also a need for increased funding for the promotion of mental health and well-being and, where possible, the prevention and early identification of mental illness, as well as increased funding for mental health research.

 

Mental Health

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Goals

  • The provision of adequate, affordable and coordinated services for all people with mental illness including community-based and hospital services, housing, education and employment programs.
  • Increased funding for the promotion of mental health and well-being and, where possible, the prevention and early identification of mental illness, including medical research. 
  • To provide an appropriate and adequate mix of community-based and inpatient clinical treatment services that deliver a broad range of culturally appropriate care options including crisis, acute, non-acute and ongoing care.
  • Improve the provision of mental health services in regional, rural and remote areas.
  • Improve the provision of emergency and crisis response.
  • Increase recognition and support for carers of people with a mental illness.
  • Address the rate of homelessness amongst people with mental illness.

 

  • Ensure refugees and asylum seekers, especially those in government detention, have access to mental health services in order to address the disproportionate suicide and self-harm rate amongst those groups.
  • To increase funding for specialist prevention and early intervention services for youth and provide specialist support services for children who have experienced trauma.
  • To fund evidence-based suicide prevention programs, including community-level programs and targeted programs for at-risk groups, provide specialist support services to those bereaved by suicide, particularly children, and fund rigorous research into suicide risk.
  • Reduce the over-representation of people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system including through the provision of court diversion programs and specialised care and support for mentally impaired accused persons.
  • To ensure improved levels of education and training for the police and corrective services staff in dealing with people with mental illness. 

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Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia