Major church groups seek action on mental health

22/07/2010

Catholic Social Services Australia has joined Anglicare Australia, The Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia in calling on both major parties to commit to an immediate and substantial increase in investment in community mental health.

Centacare Catholic Social Services (Diocese of Parramatta) is one of 65 member organisations represented by Catholic Social Services Australia.

According to Catholic Social Services Australia Executive Director Frank Quinlan, successive governments have failed to invest in adequate community-based mental health services.

"While many Australians see only a small part of that failure as they try and assist a loved one, our agencies are overwhelmed each day with family breakdown, long-term unemployment, homelessness and suicide that could be avoided if governments would just engage with community-based agencies," Mr Quinlan said.

"Across Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, Anglicare Australia, The Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia have thousands of employees and volunteers, social workers, youth workers, community workers and carers who are serving millions of Australians each year, and who are eager to be part of a coordinated, long-term national response."

Supporting participation, inclusion and recovery

Anglicare Australia acting Chair Ian Carter said the collective social services agencies were urging both parties to build on the recommendations of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC).

“Building on those recommendations, we are looking to Australia’s political parties to commit to immediate action on mental health by funding community mental health services that support participation, inclusion and recovery, and to work with consumers, services and health professionals in putting that plan in place,” Mr Carter said.

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