About one in five Australians will experience a mental illness in any given year, and almost half will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
Yet when we came to Government, three years of LNP cuts had driven Queensland’s staff and spending on mental health services to the lowest level in Australia.
We’ve now started the job of turning this around.
We have opened new youth residential rehabilitation facilities and new mental health facilities, and we are replacing the Barrett Adolescent Centre that was catastrophically closed by the Newman Government in 2014.
In this coming year, we will spend $1.55 billion on mental health, alcohol and drug services.
But we know there is more to be done.
This week, our government has announced Connecting Care to Recovery – our new plan to improve mental health, alcohol and drug services across the state.
Over five years, we will target $350 million of additional funding towards extra investments in mental health, drug and alcohol services.
As a government, we are dedicated to fulfilling our goal of Queenslanders being among the healthiest people in the world by 2026, but as a community we all have a role to play in valuing one another’s mental health.
I urge all Queenslanders to make an effort and put their mental health first this week.
If you’re not sure where to start, try here:
- Practise relaxation techniques or meditation
- Get enough sleep by aiming for eight hours every night
- Visit www.healthier.qld.gov.au for healthy eating and exercise tips so you can:
- Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet
- Exercise regularly – try about 30 minutes every day
If you or someone you know needs support you can phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or Lifeline on 13 11 14.