We need a comprehensive mental health system that can respond better to the needs of those with mental illness and their families. A system that reduces the burden of mental health problems across the community.
Poor mental health increases the incidence of heart disease, stroke and cancer, and is associated with a range of risk factors such as smoking, alcohol misuse and obesity. It can lead to social isolation, including inability to work, and homelessness. Australians deserve a clear vision, a commitment and a strong plan for access to effective treatment and support services.
RANZCP takes its role in advocating for a better deal for mental health seriously.
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Mental illness continues to be a major health and social issue. The College has published an overarching statement that outlines eight key areas for improving mental health in Australia and New Zealand.
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