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

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The Victorian Government has established a Royal Commission to recommend reforms to the current mental health system.

We will contribute actively to the work of the Royal Commission. So far we have:

  • taken part in the Government's round tables in Melbourne and Shepparton consulting on the Terms of Reference 
  • submitted a response to the Government's consultation on the Terms of Reference.
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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.