Nearly half the people admitted to St Vincent's Hospital Mental Health Service in crisis are from out of the catchment area, yet it discharges ill people earlier than other mental health services, with average bed days about half the rest of NSW.
In response to my questions in Parliament, the Minister for Mental Health gave some data showing the special pressures on inner city mental health services.
The inner city has huge numbers of workers and visitors, significant social housing that rightly gives priority to those who are seriously ill, and the city is the main catchment for homeless people with more complex needs.
Crisis services are vital, but I'm asking for more early intervention, rehabilitation and social support services to help people who've been ill get back on their feet and stay part of their families and communities. Inner city services are under particular pressure.