Regional Plan for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

SEMPHN, in partnership with Alfred Health, Monash Health and Peninsula Health, is developing a Regional Plan for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (the Regional Plan).

The Regional Plan aims to identify ways the current system can better support people with their mental health, mental illness and prevent suicide. It will do this by finding ways to work together so services are more coordinated, identify areas where systems could work more efficiently, and make sure that data and evidence is used to inform service planning and system improvements.

The Regional Plan supports the vision for a mental health and suicide prevention system that:

  1. Promotes mental and physical health and wellbeing
  2. Provides early intervention to prevent mental illness and suicide
  3. Supports and enables recovery
  4. Provides effective, appropriate, accessible and integrated treatment and support

To improve the mental health of our community, we must improve our mental health and suicide prevention systems. This requires a partnership approach; involvement from consumers, their families and carers, the community, service providers, hospital networks, not-for-profit organisations and the Federal and State Governments is key to ensuring we can create the right mental health system for our community.

The Regional Plan is a partnership initiative and overseen by a Steering Group made up of representatives from:

  • Alfred Health
  • Monash Health
  • Peninsula Health

Throughout October and November 2019, the Regional Plan Steering Group conducted consultations with consumers of mental health services, carers, service providers, GPs and practice managers. Through focus groups and surveys, everyone who took part has given us a better understanding of what is and isn’t working in our current mental health and suicide prevention systems.

Read the Regional Plan here.

If you would like to learn more contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Julie Jacobs on 8514 6640.

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