On Friday 14 October, Queensland Mental Health Commissioner, Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck, attended a ‘Valuing Mental Health’ morning tea in Sandgate to discuss the importance of recognising mental health and well-being in our community.
Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, hosted the morning tea as an opportunity to help shed light on the condition as part of ‘Queensland Mental Health Week.’
“About one in five Australians will experience a mental illness in any given year, and almost half will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
“It was positive to see many members of the community attend the morning tea, who together helped raise $250 for the “RUOK?” charity foundation, an organisation focussed on suicide prevention, Mr Hinchliffe said.
Mr Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to taking real action in valuing the mental health of all Queenslanders.
“When we came to Government, three years of LNP cuts had driven Queensland’s staff and spending on mental health services to the lowest level in Australia.
“The Palaszczuk Government is now getting on with the job of reversing these cuts. We have opened new mental health facilities and are replacing the ‘Barrett Adolescent Centre’ that was catastrophically shut down under the Newman Government in 2014,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
Mr Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government’s ‘Connecting Care to Recovery’ plan will see $350 million of additional funding in mental health, drug and alcohol services over the next 5 years.
“As a Government we are committed to fulfilling our goal to make Queenslanders some of the world’s healthiest people by 2026, but as a community we all have a role to play in valuing one another’s mental health,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
Dr van Schoubroeck said it was paramount people interact with their families and friends to create a discussion around mental health.
“Mental health is everyone’s business, by creating a discussion around it, we can raise greater awareness about a condition that often goes unnoticed.
“It is imperative we work together as a community in valuing our own mental health, be that at home, at school or in the workplace,” Dr van Schoubroeck said.
If you would like to make a donation to the RUOK? charity foundation, please visit: www.ruok.org.au.