Mental Health Royal Commission Final Report Welcomed In

It was my privilege, last week, to join my colleagues for a historic day as the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System was tabled in parliament.

Over the last year we’ve lived through a global pandemic and all the stresses that have come with it.

Now, more than ever, we need a new mental health system for all Victorians. I’m proud to be part of the Andrews Labor Government and their commitment to delivering all 65 recommendation in the report.

Our new mental health system has to be built from the ground up, for people across Hawthorn and Victoria. As the Premier said, ‘This will change and save lives.’

I had the opportunity to speak on the matter in Parliament on Wednesday, 3 March, to ask the Minister for Mental Health how these new reforms will benefit Hawthorn. See my full speech below. I look forward to the Minister’s response.

The report and its findings give us a clear roadmap to rebuild the entire mental health system. Now the real work starts.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

The full transcripts of my question to the Minister

My constituency question is to the Minister for Mental Health.

Thousands of Victorians have contributed to the report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and it is only through these stories that the government can truly understand how to fix our mental health system.

The government will deliver on every single recommendation from that final report. I am proud to be part of a government that has already committed $868 million, the biggest mental health investment in the history of Victoria.

In the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, which captures my electorate, over 1200 hospital admissions are registered every year for intentional self-harm, including attempted suicides.

My question is: how will this funding support those accessing self-harm and suicide prevention services in my electorate of Hawthorn?