Public tenants with mental health concerns need better support - in response to my petitions to Parliament asking for this, the Minister for Mental Health invited comment about the promised NSW Mental Health Commission.
Establishing the Commission was an election promise, and it aims to improve services and outcomes for people with a mental illness, their families and carers, and the wider community. There is an online survey available, although this has limited options and does not allow you to comment in your own words.
We need significant new resources for community support, employment and activity programs - acute hospital beds and treatment is only part of an effective mental health system. I encourage concerned residents to let the Government know your views about mental health needs, and how the new commission can best help improve community mental health.
Please send me a copy of your submissions or comments so that I can include these concerns in my lobbying.
- Minister for Mental Health: The Hon Kevin Humphries MP, Level 31 GMT, 1 Farrer Place SYDNEY NSW 2000, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mentalhealthcommission