Mental health is a significant issue affecting millions of Australians. Early intervention can reduce the impact of mental illness in the community and help people receive appropriate treatment and support to recover. Government must place a greater emphasis on programs and strategies to address mental health.
Examples of what needs to be done:
- Government must increase funding for preventative mental health measures and services that provide individual and family support within the community.
- Substance abuse, including alcohol, needs to be considered as part of a broader approach.