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This is your opportunity to provide input to our State’s next Mental Health Plan and help set the direction for the mental wellbeing of South Australians into the future. 

What is being planned?

The SA Mental Health Commission is leading the development of the State's next Mental Health Plan, aiming to strengthen the mental wellbeing of South Australians. You are encouraged to share your ideas and suggestions about what should be included in South Australia's next Mental Health Plan. 

The Mental Health Plan will set the future direction for the mental wellbeing of South Australians. It will outline how people can strengthen their mental health and access quality care and support when required.

You are encouraged to provide your feedback on:

  • the existing mental health system; and
  • ways in which South Australians can strengthen their mental wellbeing.

One in five South Australians is likely to experience a mental health issue in any given year, and as many as half of us are likely to experience mental health problems in our lifetime. 

Provide your feedback to build on previous knowledge and identify gaps to create a practical, supportive, flexible mental health system for us all. Many reviews of South Australia's mental health system and services have already been undertaken, and that information will be utilised. However, it’s important that you have your say on the kind of mental health services and support needed for the future – for ourselves or family members and friends. 

The Mental Health Plan is not just about mental illness and the public and private systems. The Commission is taking a whole-of-community, whole-of-government, whole-of-life approach to mental health as it works towards strengthening the mental wellbeing of South Australians. We are looking for feedback on how government agencies, such as housing, education, employment, justice and disability, non-government and private sectors interact with each other to maximise positive outcomes for people who experience mental health problems, and their families and friends.

The plan will also look at prevention, education and anti-stigmatisation and the provision of early support for children, young people and adults when they first experience symptoms, as well as the support available for people working in mental health services.

Even if you have not had any contact with mental health services, the Commission wants your feedback.

How can your input influence the Plan?

Throughout the consultation process, your feedback will assist with the development of the State’s next Mental Health Plan.

Provide your feedback on the Mental Health Plan by:

  • Joining the online discussion
  • Sending an email to the SA Mental Health Commission at samhc@sa.gov.au
  • Writing to the SA Mental Health Commission: GPO Box 189, Rundle Mall, SA 5000

The next phase of our consultations will be held from March 1st to end of May and we will be out and about meeting with people. Keep an eye on our website samentalhealthcommission.com.au for details. Please continue to put in your submissions – we need to hear from you!

How will your input be used?

The next Mental Health Plan for South Australia will be developed throughout the remainder of 2016 and 2017. You will be kept updated on what has been heard and how that is interpreted and the consultation will continue to engage the community for additional feedback once a draft plan has been developed. 

During the consultation process, there will also be some opportunities to attend forums, events and information sessions to learn more and provide your feedback, and those will be promoted on this page and via the Commission's website.

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