There is still time to take part in the Victorian Government’s consultation on the Royal Commission into Mental Health. 

Victorians are invited to submit their thoughts on the themes and topics, which will be used to inform the Terms of Reference for this important inquiry.

Themes and topics expected to be covered include: 

  • prevention and early intervention
  • accessibility and navigation of the system
  • preventing suicide
  • community, acute and forensic mental health 
  • social isolation, depression, anxiety and trauma 
  • integration with alcohol and other drug services. 

Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr said the MHCC is taking part in the consultation process, including through one of the stakeholder roundtables that are being convened by the government this month.

‘We encourage you to join us in providing feedback to help inform the scope of Australia’s first ever Royal Commission into Mental Health,’ Commissioner Coulson Barr said. 

‘This is an opportunity to have your say about the topics that are important to you, and to help make sure the changes to our public mental health system respond to the needs of Victorian consumers, families and carers.’

Once the Royal Commission has been established, there will be other opportunities for Victorians to share their experiences and make suggestions for change.

The Royal Commission will be responsible for providing a comprehensive set of recommendations on how to best support Victorians experiencing mental health issues. It will also have a strong focus on raising community awareness about mental health.

Consultation is open until 27 January 2019. For more information or to share your views, visit the Engage Victoria website here.

If you or someone you know has immediate concerns or is experiencing a crisis, please call Lifeline's 24-hour support service on 13 11 14.