Community Mental Health

Community Mental Health

Every one of us should be able to enjoy our best possible mental health. Our chances to being affected by poor mental health are high, with one in five of us affected in any given year, and 45% of us in our lifetime.

Here at Uniting we see that mental health intersects with many other causes of disadvantage, such as:

  • homelessness
  • unemployment
  • trauma
  • physical illness
  • cultural and language barriers
  • economic disadvantage.

 

Two out of every three young epople that try to get help for their mental health are turned away due to lack of funding
Paul feels the St Kilda Engagement Hub is a place he belongs

The issues

The mental health system

Victoria’s mental health system is made up of a patchwork of services. These include:

  • primary care
  • community-based services
  • alcohol and other drug treatment
  • specialist and clinical services,
  • the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This can mean that people who need support have difficulty finding the right service and getting the help they need.

The impact of the NDIS

The introduction of the NDIS is transforming the disability and mental health sector. We welcome increased choice and control for individuals with disability and their families/carers. But we are seeing that there are people whose mental health issues do not make them eligible for the NDIS. We want to make sure that those people can also get the support they need.

 

Our solutions

Extend support for community mental health

We welcome the recent announcement by the State Government of extended funding for community mental health services. We encourage other parties to make a similar commitment.

Inclusive services for complex needs

We see an ongoing need for inclusive mental health support for socially isolated Victorians with complex needs. The most marginalised people in our societies should be able to access the services they need.