THE DLP WILL INVEST MORE MONEY IN MENTAL HEALTH
Mental Health hospitals are costly to run, but are the service most commonly provided. The DLP advocates for reform in this area and would initiate a person-focused approach to those suffering with recurring mental health problems. There should be a strong focus on early intervention and recovery. This involves learning to monitor their own mental health, maintain a preventative lifestyle, manage emotional problems as they arise, and knowing where to seek help. Opportunities exist to shape decisions with guidance from family members, carers or advocates. Problems such as loss of job, eviction and marital stress need to be addressed.
We also need more services in regional and remote areas.
The DLP recognizes mental illness as a serious problem in Australia. The DLP will promote mental health and wellness for all Australians through a focus on prevention, early intervention, recovery and community development. 75% of severe mental illness begins before the age of 24, and around 2% of the population experience recurring mental illness which significantly affects their quality of life.
Our youth are particularly vulnerable to developing mental health problems from the misuse of drugs and alcohol.
The DLP believes the link between illicit drug use and mental health problems should be investigated and publicized as part of a program to discourage illicit drug use.
Individual action plans to be built for people with serious illness on a case by case basis, similar to the NDIS system.
24-HOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE
A dedicated 24-hour emergency response service will be introduced for children and adolescents.
The DLP will increase capacity of services to respond to people with early signs of mental health problems. Family members, carers or advocates will be encouraged to assist in notifying authorities of potential problems.
DISCOURAGE ILLICIT DRUG USE
Advertising campaigns to be run discouraging drug use, and highlighting the mental health issues associated with drug use.
Problems related to the misuse of drugs and alcohol to be taught as part of the school curriculum.
MORE REGIONAL SERVICES
Increased services will be initiated in regional and remote areas, and there will be an increase in the number of Aboriginal health workers.