"Living Well, A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024" released by the Mental Health Commission

"Living Well, A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024"

The Strategic Plan sets out actions and future directions for reform of the mental health system in NSW. It asks that the NSW Government recommit to completing the process of reform begun with the Inquiry into Health Services for the Psychiatrically Ill and Developmentally Disabled (Richmond Report) in the 1980s in particular by taking two important steps - closing the remaining stand-alone psychiatric institutions and shifting the focus of mental health care from hospitals to the community.

The Plan does not directly govern the operation of services but instead lays out directions and principles for reform which agencies and service providers must find ways to embed in the supports they offer to people in our community.

The Report and the Plan are companion documents and should be read together.

Download PDF versions of the Strategic Planor read a summary, list of actions or an Easy English version.

The NSW Government has responded to the Strategic Plan with an $115 million commitment to a suite of mental health programs and initiatives that will make it easier for people for people who experience mental illness to live and be supported in the community.

Download PDF versions of the Strategic Plan or read a summary, list of actions or an Easy English version.

Read the Commissioner's message about the Strategic Plan

Read a media releaseabout the release of the Strategic Plan and the government announcement
Living Well: Putting people at the centre of mental health reform in NSW: A Report honours the many voices the Commission has heard and the stories and insights shared by consumers, their families and carers, and those working in mental health.

This companion report to the Strategic Plan contains many personal stories that bring to life the wide consultation carried out across NSW.

It explores:

  • the mental health system past and present in NSW and its impact on people
  • what we already know about the state of mental health and mental health services
  • the history of mental health reform, here and overseas, where it has led us and some of the changes already in train
  • mental health services through the prism of groups facing issues that further challenge their mental health and wellbeing, such as Aboriginal people, those living in regional and rural areas, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with intellectual disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, those in the justice system and people also struggling with physical health problems or drug and alcohol issues
  • Our understanding of mental health and wellbeing as a life course through 8 journeys that take us from earliest childhood to the last years of a full life lived and that reflect the experiences, challenges, needs, rights and hopes of people at every stage of life.

Download PDF versions of the Report

Read about the language and values that underpin the Strategic Plan and Report.

The Living Well NSW Project is the voice of the people of NSW coming together to share what it means to be Living Well in NSW. Visit the Living Well Project website.

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