ADJOURNMENT MATTER — Mr Kennedy to ask the Minister for Mental Health

My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Mental Health, and the action I seek is for the minister to host a mental health forum in Hawthorn following the interim recommendations from the mental health royal commission, which are due in November.

Answer

I would be pleased to convene a mental health forum in Hawthorn to discuss the findings of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System’s interim report.

The Royal Commission’s interim report was delivered on 29 November 2019, and details the current state of the mental health system and major themes that have defined its inquiry so far. Its findings speak to the far-reaching impacts and devastation that mental ill-health has on our wellbeing, our families, our community and our economy.

With all that the Royal Commission has heard, the interim report contains nine recommendations for immediate action by the Victorian Government. Some recommendations are responses to immediate problems, while others focus on establishing a foundation to support the implementation of reforms and future investment in Victoria’s mental health system.

This once-in-a-generation inquiry also provides us an opportunity to bring mental health issues out into the open to deal with stigma and to understand the shortcomings of the current system.

I hope a mental health round table in your electorate will help contribute to a community-wide shift in attitudes, recognising our collective responsibility to support mental wellbeing, combat stigma and discrimination and support all Victorians to feel included in their community.

Thank you for extending this opportunity to me. Your ongoing engagement is vital as we embark on the journey of reforming our mental health system.

Martin Foley MP
Minister for Mental Health