Australians are more conscious of mental health issues in their communities than ever before however there’s still a lot to be done as the nation marks Mental Health Week this year.
Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said Mental Health Week was being marked by events across Mayo.
“It’s great to see the Mayo community embrace Mental Health Week with events across the electorate in communities such as Mount Barker, Strathalbyn and Goolwa,” Ms Downer said.
“Every year around four million Australians deal with some form of chronic or episodic mental health condition and what’s concerning is that around one in five people affected by mental illness won’t seek help because of the stigma associated with it.
“That’s why it’s very important we continue to raise awareness and talk about mental health issues. Community acceptance and support for people suffering mental health problems are absolutely critical to ensuring we have the resources, services and treatments needed to help, and that people with such conditions feel comfortable to seek that help.
“Australian governments already spend about to $9 billion a year on mental health (the Australian Government will spend an estimated $4.7 billion in 2018-19) but as our understanding of it increases, so does the need to ensure we’re directing this funding to where it is most effective.
“That’s why I also strongly welcome the Morrison Government’s announcement yesterday of a Productivity Commission inquiry into the role of the mental health in the national economy, and the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.
“This inquiry will invite public submissions and there will also be hearings held in regional Australia. I encourage members of the Mayo community to have their say.”