South Australians have been encouraged to contribute to the development of the state’s new Mental Health Plan.
The plan is being reviewed by the South Australian Mental Health Commission and community feedback is imperative for its development.
Speaking at Wednesday’s Carnival in the North, an annual City of Playford event recognising Mental Health Week, SAMHC commissioner Chris Burns urged the community to support the plan’s development.
“I’m calling on the generosity of the community to help the mental health commission prepare a new policy for South Australia,” Mr Burns said.
Australian Bureau of Statistics national health survey (2014-15) figures show that one in five South Australians will be affected by mental illness in any given year.
Meanwhile, Mr Burns praised the Carnival in the North event, which is in its 13th year.
“The fact that it is the 13th carnival is a true measure of this event’s success,” Mr Burns said.
“Breaking down the stigma of mental illness is a very strong cause and is very close to my heart and close to everyone at the mental health commission.”
The Carnival in the North featured stalls and displays from a range of mental-health support providers, a well-received ‘Recovery Forum’, a demonstration from Sprout Cooking and a performance by new wave/industrial band Izera.
Have your say on the mental health plan:
Online discussion at yoursay.sa.gov.au/sa-next-mental-health-plan
Share your thoughts at samentalhealthcommission.com.au
Write: SA Health Commission, GPO Box 189, Rundle Mall, SA 5000.