Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

Around four million Australians who experience a mental health condition will benefit from the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

 

The Plan, released by Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt, was endorsed in August 2017 by all health ministers at the Council of Australian Governments Health Council, has been released as Mental Health Week comes to a close.

 

More than 2,800 Australians take their lives each year and the Plan will provide an additional focus of suicide prevention.

 

Evidence-based approaches and strategies to prevent suicide will be implemented through a community-wide approach, including more effective follow-up support for people who have attempted to take their own lives.

 

Last week as part of the Government's over $4 billion annual funding in mental health it launched the Head to Health website, which is a one-stop shop for services and resources delivered by some of Australia’s most trusted mental health service providers.

 

The Plan includes eight nationally agreed priority areas and 32 coordinated actions for the next five years with a view to achieving an integrated mental health system.

 

A priority area is strengthening regional integration of mental health services to support more effective treatments for those in need.

 

In partnership with consumers and carers, Primary Health Networks and Local Hospital Networks design the design of mental health services to meet specific local needs will be planned.

 

The newly launched Head to Health website is at - http://www.headtohealth.gov.au/

 

For more information about the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Plan see http://www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au/Publications/Report or specifically http://www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au/Portals/0/Fifth%20National%20Mental%20Health%20and%20Suicide%20Prevention%20Plan.pdf

16 October 2017.