MHFA MEDIA RELEASE
Early intervention focus to lead mental health recovery efforts
Mental Health First Aid Australia has welcomed the release of the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan today.
This comprehensive plan for the mental health and wellbeing of Australians in both the response and recovery phases of the pandemic with an early intervention focus, will result in people taking proactive steps early to look after themselves and to support others in the months and years ahead.
Mental Health First Aid Australia CEO Shannon Anderson said “Safeguarding the mental health of all Australians as we transition from COVID-19 pandemic response to recovery will require the collective and focused efforts of all Governments, mental health professionals, community organisations and each and every one of us as part of an integrated response.”
“We all have a civic duty to be informed and alert to the signs and symptoms that a friend, colleague, loved one or community member may not be doing so well. Early intervention enables people to seek and receive help at the onset of distress or when experiencing mental health problems, which reduces demand on acute care and crisis services. Being informed, vigilant and working together as a community are concepts we are all well and truly familiar with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic”
“The National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan details a range of important foundational principles and priorities that will guide State and Territory mental health responses in coming months. This includes the provision of evidence-based care, valuing lived experience, adopting community-based approaches and collaborative partnerships. These have been guiding principles for the Mental Health First Aid Program in Australia and overseas for many years.”
“Mental Health First Aid Australia and our national and diverse community of more than 2,000 accredited Instructors are ready and willing to work with local communities and workplaces to help build community capacity that will see us develop a collective mental health safety net for all Australians together”.
Media contact: Toby Davis – 0423 828 401