On 24 February 2016, the Mental Health Commission of NSW released their first progress report on how Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 is being put into practice.
The Strategic Plan was published in December 2014 and is a road map for reform of the NSW mental health system. The progress report One Year On highlights the achievements of 2015, such as:
- The announcement of $115 million funding package to kick start the reform;
- Establishment of the Mental Health Implementation Taskforce to oversee the implementation of Strategic Plan across government agencies and;
- Increased cross-agency and cross-sector collaboration for a coordinated response to Living Well. For example, RichmondPRA’s Young People’s Outreach Program (YPOP) model has been adopted by the NSW Governments new Youth Community Support Service.
One Year On identifies priority areas for Government action in 2016, such as the development of a Living Well Government communication strategy, a NSW mental health peer workforce plan, and clear annual reporting of mental health system data, funding and resources.
In September 2015 the Mental Health Commission of NSW held a survey to gain people’s views on Living Well. The survey was completed by many, including people with a lived experience of mental illness, families and carers, and people working in the sector. The findings can be found on page 51 of the report.
BEING commends the Mental Health Commission of NSW, the NSW Ministry of Health, the Mental Health Taskforce and the NSW Government for the progress made so far in implementing Living Well. As the progress report indicates, whilst we are heading in the right direction, we have some way to go yet.
As such Being also commends and supports the recommendations presented in this report. We look forward to continuing to work with the Commission to assist in meeting these recommendations and the Commission’s vision of “better health and wellbeing for all in NSW”.