Investing to Save - KPMG and Mental Health Australia report - May 2018

At Mental Health Australia our vision is for mentally healthy people, and mentally healthy communities. Investing to Save presents a major contribution towards that vision. It shows how we can, with the right targeted investments, improve the mental health of our community, and in turn the mental wealth of the nation.

There have been many reviews, inquires and other various investigations into Australia’s mental health system. But this is a report unlike any other.

Investing to Save: The economic benefits for Australia of investment in mental health reform, tackles a set of complex issues from a new perspective, and a new pragmatic approach to the scale of the task of reforming our mental health system.

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    There is a popular belief that goldfish only have a three-second memory span and every lap of their fishbowl is like seeing the world for the first time. Have we just completed another lap of the fishbowl?

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    This week we learned that a friend, colleague, mentor, advocate, disrupter, innovator, mother and partner Jackie Crowe left us prematurely. For those who knew her, Jackie was a force of nature. Jackie combined her own lived experience, her intelligence and her tremendous capacity for empathy to advocate tirelessly for reforms to the mental health system.

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    The NDIS Board has commissioned McKinsey and Co to conduct a review of the NDIS pricing arrangements. The submission highlights the unique aspects of providing support to people with psychosocial disability and the experiences of providers of psychosocial services.

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    When Every Australian Counts Executive Director, Kirsten Deane spoke on the ABC 730 Report this week about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), she echoed the thoughts of many. “Everyone, absolutely everyone, wants the NDIS to work… And while I don’t think anyone thought this was going to be easy, the really big question is, has the road to the NDIS been rockier than it needed to be?’ said Ms Deane.

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    From Bondi Beach to Possum Creek, Bunbury to Bellerive - World Mental Health Day and the ‘Do You See What I See?’ campaign has struck a chord this year.

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    This week I was delighted to launch an Art Exhibition in Canberra raising awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Part of BPD Awareness Week, the exhibition featured a range of artworks and installations created by people who live with BPD. People with lived experience, expressing themselves and publically displaying that expression.”

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    When the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released its 2016 National Survey this week, Pat McGorry was quick to highlight the link between mental ill health and self-medication when he said; “Mental ill health drives self-medication with drugs and alcohol and yet virtually no services are equipped to respond to this toxic blend.”

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    A former Prime Minister assaulted, discarded postal votes found on suburban streets, disgruntled employers and employees voicing opinions on social media, chalk rainbows outside post boxes, planes leaving trails of ‘NO’ smoke behind them… and constant debate. Personal and divisive debate. That’s the discourse we are seeing as the nation answers one simple ‘Yes or No’ question via post.

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    Over the last decade or so we’ve come so far in reducing stigma. I am heartened to see my own children and their friends having conversations that were simply not possible when I was their age. This week alone, World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK Day have continued to raise awareness and encourage people to seek, and provide help to family and friends.

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    To say my children are the next stolen generation is completely offensive to Indigenous people, my partner and I, and my children. They are not growing up without either a mum or dad, rather they are lucky enough to be growing up with two mums and two dads. And grandparents and cousins and aunties and so on. They are surrounded by people who love them and want only the best for them. Surely children only benefit from more people loving them?

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