Media release: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Regional Plan

4 October 2019

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Regional Plan for central and eastern Sydney has launched this month. The plan is a call to action to develop, expand and improve suicide prevention and mental health services in the region. It is an agreement about what needs to change, by when, how, and who will be responsible for making the change happen. It has a three-year focus (2019-2022) and will guide high quality decision making, ensuring that resources are targeted to best respond to local mental health and suicide prevention needs. It is a collaborative effort between Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN), Sydney Local Health District, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, St Vincent’s Health Network and the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

CESPHN’s CEO Michael Moore says, “Our vision moving forward is for a mental health system that promotes mental and physical health, prevents mental ill health and provides effective, appropriate, timely and integrated treatment. We are committed to ensuring people with a lived experience of mental health issues and carers take an active role in shaping the way in which services are planned, delivered and evaluated.”

The plan is the outcome of extensive consultation involving people with lived experience of mental illness and distress, the mental health and suicide prevention sectors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, and a range of other stakeholders.

Jenny, a participant in the development of the plan with lived experience of mental illness says, “Mental illness has been a family affair for over 25 years. It started with my father having a few psychotic episodes back in 1992 - when no one really talked about mental illness. If someone at the time had explained it to us, we would have better understood what we were dealing with. My sister also started experiencing suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, self-harm, and attempted suicide. I am hopeful that the actions in this plan will focus on alleviating the confusion that is often experienced when seeking the right service and supports. My hope is that we see the right amount and type of services available in the area and that services are provided at a time and place best suited to the individual. Most of all, I am hopeful that people with a lived experience of mental illness will have more control about the services and types of treatment or support they may need,” says Jenny.

The region covered by this Plan extends from Sydney's Central Business District to the Royal National Park in the south and from Strathfield in the inner west to Bondi Beach in the east, spanning 626 square kilometres and 13 Local Government Areas with a population of over 1,630,000 people.

Click here to read the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Regional Plan.

About Central and Eastern Sydney PHN:

Primary health networks (PHNs) support primary care in Australia through practice improvement, local health system integration and the commissioning of health services in the community that address identified gaps and needs in their local area. Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is one of 31 PHNs across the country. The core purpose of Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is to improve and transform care in the region, which stretches from Strathfield to Sutherland, east to the coastline, and also includes Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.

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Media Contact

Sarah D’Arcy

CESPHN – Marketing, Communications & Events Manager

P: 1300 986 991 E: s.darcy@cesphn.com.au

Service Contact

Catherine Goodwin

CESPHN – Mental Health & After Hours Manager

P 1300 986 991 E: c.goodwin@cesphn.com.au