National Mental Health Commission’s Monitoring Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Reform: National Report 2018

The 2018 report card on Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention systems has just been released. This is the sixth national report released by the Commission since its commencement in 2012. It is different from previous years as it provides analysis on the current status of Australia’s core mental health and suicide prevention reforms, and their impact on the wellbeing of consumers and carers.

This latest report highlights the importance of prevention, early intervention and a focus on the social determinants of health to reduce the impact of mental illness. It recognises good mental health starts in infancy, so parents, carers and early childhood educators must be skilled and supported to give children the best start toward a lifetime of good mental health.

It also refers to the strong link between physical and mental health, the elimination of seclusion and restraint in mental health facilities and the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The Commission will separately report on the progress of implementation of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. This report will be submitted to COAG on 12 October.