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Submission to the Fifth National Mental Health Plan

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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