Jesuit Social Services welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department of Health’s draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan.

Our submission calls for:

  • mental health to be addressed within the context of place-based entrenched disadvantage
  • trauma-informed and innovative models to strengthen entry points and specialist responses for people with multiple and complex needs
  • a nationally agreed approach for suicide prevention
  • long term funding for postvention, early intervention services for suicide bereavement, including increased access in regional and rural areas
  • investment in housing and support packages for people with complex needs
  • increased mental health support in prisons, and pathways to early community treatment to divert people from prisons.

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