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World Mental Health Day 2020
World Mental Health Day is celebrated on 10 October and is an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues, reduce stigma and promote mental health and wellbeing in our community.
Nearly half of all Victorians will experience mental health issues in their lifetime. This year, our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s even more important to look after our mental wellbeing.
What we do in support of mental health
We are planning and building infrastructure to support the provision of mental health services across the state to help vulnerable Victorians get the help they need to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
These projects include:
- emergency department crisis hubs
- community mental health centres
- prevention and recovery centres
- youth mental health facilities
- alcohol and other drug facilities
- forensic mental health facilities.
Our work supports the Victorian Government’s 10-year mental health plan. The plan focuses on greater efforts in prevention and providing better integrated services and support for all Victorians.
Emergency department crisis hubs
We’re working with Victorian health services to deliver emergency department crisis hubs in public hospitals. They provide specialised hospital-based care and mental health services to patients who require immediate treatment in a safe and high-quality hospital setting.
The $34.9 million Sunshine Hospital emergency department redevelopment and the $76.3 million Monash Medical Centre emergency department expansion will both include a mental health and alcohol and other drug crisis hub.
Community mental health services
Providing grants to local communities through the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund provides vital funding to improve health services in rural and regional Victoria, ensuring all Victorians can access high quality care and facilities no matter where they live.
We’re working to deliver a new community mental health centre in Portland. The centre will include purpose-built spaces for individual and group therapeutic activities and sensory garden areas for the local Portland community.
Prevention and recovery care facilities
We have nearly completed 20 community-based prevention and recovery care (PARC) facilities across Victoria.
These facilities provide early intervention and recovery support in residential settings.
Ballarat’s new Grampians Prevention and Recovery Care centre opened in July 2020. The $6 million facility includes six short-stay beds and six beds for patients who need medium-term support and rehabilitation.
Youth mental health facilities
We’re also working to deliver the new North West Metropolitan Youth Prevention and Recovery Care centre in Parkville. The $11.9 million facility will provide short-term treatment and support in a residential setting for young people experiencing mental illness.
These vital upgrades and redevelopments ensure our youth mental health services can continue to provide world-leading, evidence-based care to young Victorians so they can receive the support and care they need.
Alcohol and other drug treatment facilities
Since 2014 we have more than doubled the number of alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation beds in Victoria. Over half are based in regional Victoria.
We’re working to deliver regional alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation services to help more Victorians in the Barwon, Hume and Gippsland regions access specialist support. The program will build two 30-bed adult residential rehabilitation services in Wangaratta and Corio. It will also construct a 20-bed youth-specific residential rehabilitation service in Traralgon.
Forensic mental health services
We’re building recovery-orientated mental health facilities for those within the criminal justice system.
In September 2020, the Thomas Embling Hospital Secure Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (SPICU) won the Mental Health Design Award at the European Healthcare Design Awards. The facility was recognised for demonstrating how a therapeutic environment can be achieved within a secure mental healthcare facility.
Getting mental health support
Mental health helplines can provide support if you are struggling with mental health issues.
If you or someone you know needs support, there are a number of options available on the Better Health Channel website.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) also provides information on mental health resources for those struggling due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They are available on the Mental health resources - coronavirus (COVID-19) page on the DHHS website.
Find out more about our projects
You can read more about our mental health projects here on our website.
Last updated: 09 October 2020
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