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.