The Commissioners work together to continue implementing the South Australian 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.
We continue to work toward our vision of South Australia being internationally recognised as a resilient, compassionate and connected community that takes 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 in order to grow our State’s mental wealth.
The SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017–2022 sets a 20-year vision for mental health and wellbeing in South Australia, focusing on state-wide strategic directions over the next five years.
The Plan sets the strategic direction for building a more resilient, compassionate and connected South Australia.
Its 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 our state.
Importantly, the Plan is built on the powerful feedback, stories and views of over 2200 South Australians of all ages across metropolitan and country SA during wide-ranging consultations. This is a Plan for all South Australians.
During those consultations, South Australians told us that good mental health and wellbeing lie beyond our hospital sector.
South Australians said we need to act early on the signs and symptoms of poor mental health before people reach a crisis point.
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