Eyre Peninsula praised for mental health approach

DISCUSSION: SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns said the Eyre Peninsula was an example of integrated services for mental health.

DISCUSSION: SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns said the Eyre Peninsula was an example of integrated services for mental health.

South Australian Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns has praised the Eyre Peninsula community’s approach to mental health.

The SA Mental Health Commission has released its Key Finding Discussion Paper, which was put together after consultation with communities across the state.

Mr Burns said the forum held at Port Lincoln on May 8 was the most well attended during the consultation process with 50 people attending.

He said what was impressive was learning how community groups and organisations came together in the community to provide integrated service delivery.

“By doing that they develop their local service that aligns with what people’s needs are,” he said.

The discussion paper highlights seven themes including integrated service delivery, targeted responses for some groups and community information to improve awareness.

Mr Burns said a big talking point brought up in Port Lincoln, which was the first of the seven listed themes, was the importance of promotion, prevention and early-in-life intervention.

“One of the strong issues that came through was the need to support parents early in life, pre-birth not just post-birth,” he said.

Mr Burns said the commission liked the use of mental health pop-up stalls in Port Lincoln to share information, which it used for its latest consultation round.

With the paper released the commission is hoping to hear feedback on it.

Mr Burns said the commission would like to hear if anything was missing, wrong or needed more emphasis.

The paper is available online at www.samentalhealthcommission.com.au and people can make contact through the website or call 1300 293 220.

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