headspace welcomes major mental health reform to fix a broken system

headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation welcomes the report released today from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system.   

headspace CEO, Jason Trethowan said the report is a major step forward for mental health reform in Victoria and paves the way for a new and integrated system to support all Victorians.

“Today’s Victorian mental health system is not designed or equipped to support people experiencing mental illness. It has placed an unfair burden on people with lived experience, their families, carers and for those who work in the system.

“The report is comprehensive and clear and reflects a pivotal moment for mental health reform in Victoria. The very clear response from the Premier and Leader of the Opposition that they must and will commit to the recommendations should be congratulated.

“The reports are done, now it is time for action and a carefully implemented reform process in collaboration with the federal government.

“We particularly welcome the commitment to carve out a space for 12 – 25 year olds in all parts of the mental health system and not just in primary care.

“We know headspace is a crucial signpost for young people and we have a responsibility to play a key role in an integrated mental health system that better supports their needs. We look forward to working alongside young people, their families and mental health professionals to pave the way to realise this bold new vision for an integrated mental health system that will ensure Victorians at every age, and stage of life, can get the help they need when they need it.” Trethowan said.

Amelia Walters, Youth Advisor to the headspace Board said this report provides a huge opportunity to ensure we build a mental health system that’s truly youth-friendly.

“We’ve heard very real accounts from young Victorians that being in the system can be incredibly traumatic and difficult to navigate.

“It’s fantastic to see recommendations in the report clearly addressing these issues so young people can access the support they need as early as possible, regardless of what they’re going through.   

“I’m encouraged to see recommendations in the report identifying ways in which we can proactively support young people moving forward get the help they need, when they need it.” Walters said.

To view the Full Report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System visit: https://finalreport.rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/