Key Findings Discussion Paper
Working together to create a great Mental Health Strategic Plan for South Australia!
A key initial task of the SA Mental Health Commission was to lead the development of the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022.
The Plan, which was released in December 2017, sets a 20-year vision for mental health and wellbeing in South Australia, focusing on state-wide strategic directions over the next five years to build a more resilient, compassionate and connected South Australian community.
The Plan is built on the powerful stories and views of over 2200 South Australians across metropolitan and country areas, as well as work done at local, national and international levels in mental health and reform.
SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns said the Plan's three Core Strategies and seven Strategic Directions present a unique and exciting opportunity to set the direction for greater productivity and prosperity by growing the mental wealth of South Australia.
The Commission will now co-ordinate, facilitate and oversee the implementation of the Plan and the development of future actions to address key areas identified by South Australians.
Commissioner Burns thanked the broad range of South Australians who took the time to have a say and help set the direction for the mental health and wellbeing of our communities and our people.
"South Australians told the Commission that good mental health and wellbeing lie beyond the hospital sector. They said we need to act early on the signs and symptoms of poor mental health before people reach a crisis point."
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. It also works across government agencies including housing, health, education, employment, justice and disability.
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
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