Key Findings Discussion Paper
Let’s create a great Mental Health Strategic Plan for South Australia!
The SA Mental Health Commission is leading the development of our State’s new Mental Health Strategic Plan and we need to hear from you.
SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns is encouraging all South Australians to have a say and help set the direction for the mental health and wellbeing of our communities and our people.
The new SA Mental Health Strategic Plan will provide strategic direction for the State for the five-year period 2017–2022, based on a 20-year vision and a 10-year outlook.
The Plan will look at how people can strengthen their mental health and wellbeing and access quality care and support when required. The Plan will be finalised in October 2017 and the development of the first in a series of Action Plans will commence soon after. These Action Plans will focus on areas identified during our wide-ranging conversations.
Commissioner Burns said he and his team continued to meet a wide range of South Australians and stakeholder groups including people with lived experience of mental illness, their families and carers; service providers in the private, NGO and government sectors and academics.
The Mental Health Strategic Plan is not just about mental illness and the public and private systems. It will incorporate a whole-of-person, whole-of-life, whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach to building, sustaining and strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians.
Commissioner Burns said the Commission is uniquely placed to work in strong partnership with all stakeholders including people with lived experience of mental illness, their families, friends and carers; the community, service providers, government, non-government and private organisations, clinicians, academic institutions and the private sector.
The Commission is also working across government agencies including housing, health, education, employment, justice and disability.
Commissioner Burns said the Commission was also being strategic and holistic in its approach to developing the Plan, he said.
“We’re not starting from scratch. There’s brilliant work already out there so we’re using the best of previous findings and we’re enlisting the help of all South Australians to tell us what they would like to see in the Plan.”
The Commission’s Project Steering Group (PSG), which oversees the development of the Plan, includes senior representatives from government, non-government and private sectors, academia and people with lived experience.
Since October, over 2200 South Australians have generously shared with us their stories, ideas and concerns about mental health and wellbeing in South Australia.
We've compiled the Top 7 Themes consistently heard from these conversations, consultations, submissions and surveys into the Key Findings Discussion Paper.
The release of this Discussion Paper is an important next stage for the Commission as we lead the development of our State’s new Mental Health Strategic Plan. The Plan will help set the direction for strengthening the mental wellbeing of South Australians and will be released later this year.
SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns has thanked South Australians who shared their views with the Commission team.
"We are very grateful for your generosity… our team has listened. We’ve read every written submission, analysed over 900 surveys and 176 conversations, so we can understand the issues and viewpoints from South Australians of all ages across metropolitan and country South Australia," he said.
"I now encourage South Australians to read our Key Findings Discussion Paper and tell us if they agree with the Top 7 Themes of if there is a theme they believe we didn’t capture."
Our team has listened. We've read every written submission, analysed over 900 surveys and 176 conversations, so we can understand the issues and viewpoints from South Australians across metropolitan and country South Australia.
The Commission has brought the Top 7 Themes most consistently raised during our wide-ranging and inclusive conversations with South Australians. These are the Themes but please read them in greater detail in the Key Findings Discussion Paper.
And then tell us what you think – do you agree with the Top 7 Themes? Is there a theme we didn’t capture? Do you think we missed something?
The Top 7 Themes from our conversations and consultations are:
- The importance of promotion, prevention and early-in-life intervention
- Community education to improve awareness and reduce stigma
- Achieving integrated service delivery (services that work better together)
- Access to the right care at the right time and the right place
- Services that better meet people’s needs
- Targeted responses for some groups (care that is relevant to my situation)
- Planning, funding and monitoring
Thank you to the thousands of South Australians who shared their views with us on what’s going on here in SA in relation to our mental health and wellbeing – in our systems and organisations, our professional and working lives and in our personal lives and relationships.
Across metropolitan and country areas, you told us:
- What’s helping? What can we build on?
- What can we showcase or support?
- What’s doing harm? Where can we prevent harm and reduce risks?
- How do we support our communities to be mentally healthier?
See our photo galleries of conversations across South Australia.
Make sure you’re part of our next stage, by ensuring you comment on our Key Findings Discussion Paper which will be released later this month (June). Sign up to our eNewsletter or like us on Facebook so we can let you know when it’s available.
October 2016 – May 31, 2017
Widespread community and stakeholder conversations with thousands of South Australians held across metropolitan and country South Australia.
June 2017 – Key Findings Discussion Paper
The Commission will release a Key Findings Discussion Paper and you'll have a number of opportunities to provide further comment at this time.
The new SA Mental Health Strategic Plan will be finalised in October 2017 and the development of the first in a series of Action Plans will commence soon after. These Action Plans will focus on areas identified during our wide-ranging conversations.
Of course, while the Mental Health Strategic Plan conversations are finished for now, the SA Mental Health Commission is always pleased to hear your views on any issue you wish to discuss with us.
Aside from the Plan, our key tasks are to:
- Engage with the mental health sector and community to promote ad strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians and
- Promote and facilitate the sharing of knowledge about mental health issues and breakdown stigma related to mental illness.
- Develop policy and project proposals requested by the Minister on strategic or specific issues impacting people with a lived experience of mental illness or who are at risk of developing a mental illness.
Please note: The SA Mental Health Commission is not a mental health service provider and does not have a formal role in individual complaints or concerns about services.
“Building South Australians’ mental capital and growing the State’s mental wealth will have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing, social cohesions and inclusion of our people; it will also improve our State’s economic competitiveness and prosperity.”
– SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns