Rt Hon Mr Tony Abbott

May 15, 2006

Current mental health services are not adequate to meet the great need in NSW. Mental illness effects one in five people in Australia.

Current services do well to assist those who come into conatact with them however many more that would seriously benefit from such services go unaided due to lack of funding.

The national mental health strategy aims to better enable access to;

*specialised mental health services that recognise their rights and respect their dignity;

*general medical services, housing, accommodation support, social support, community and domiciliary care; and

*income security, employment and training services that can all have a significant impact on the capacity of a person with a mental illness or psychiatric disability to live in the community, free from discrimination and stigma.

Unfortunatly all of these aspects are still greatly lacking and continue to be overlooked.

We, the undersigned, feel that the current provision of mental heath serivces in New South Wales is lacking.

More resources should be given to such services and for greater awareness education for the community in regards to mental illness and its effects.

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