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Royal Commission into Mental Health a welcome commitment

The Salvation Army welcomes Labor's commitment to establish a Royal Commission into Mental Health in Victoria, if re-elected next month. Premier Daniel Andrews acknowledged today that "we don't have the best mental health system we could - or should - have" and consequently too many Victorians are struggling with problems that could be alleviated.

For the past five years, The Salvation Army has been raising serious concerns about gaps in the mental health system related to the introduction of the NDIS. We know that too many people are not getting the help they need from the current system, that services are overwhelmed and under-resourced, and that the consequences of missing out are dire - more than 600 Victorians resorted to suicide in the past year.

A Royal Commission will shed much-needed light on the darkness that hides mental health issues from the attention they need and contributes to stigma and social isolation. Most importantly, it should give the impetus needed to address the shortcomings of the current system, so that the 1 in 5 Victorians who experience a mental health issue get the help they need, when they need it.