The Commission aims to provide the community with a clear and ambitious set of actions that will change the system and enable Victorians to experience their best mental health now and into the future. Change is already happening. Both the Commonwealth and State Governments have begun delivering key recommendations from the Report, including new public acute mental health beds and the state-wide roll out of the Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) program.
The impacts of the pandemic have brought the urgent crisis into sharp focus. It is clear that now more than ever, we must design a future mental health system that is able to respond to current and emerging needs. The Commission’s recommendations in its Final Report, due in February 2021, will present a bold and innovative approach to transform Victoria’s mental health system.
It was an honour and a privilege to work on such an important project, and we look forward to seeing the outcomes of this landmark Report as we seek to imagine and plan a better future for us all.
To learn more and read the Interim Report, visit The Royal Commission website @ rcvmhs.vic.gov.au.
If you or a loved one require support, the following services can help you: Lifeline: 13 11 14 Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636, or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health.