Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta MP has today launched a Bayside Mental Health Survey representing the first stage of the plan to secure increased mental health funding and local services in the area.
Mr Vasta said, “I have recognised the need for increased mental health services across the Bayside and am eager to understand where support is needed.”
To best understand what is happening on a local level, Mr Vasta is calling on Bayside community members to take part in the quick survey; whose contribution will be invaluable in determining where support must be delivered.
“Everyone knows someone struggling with mental health and I am committed to supporting initiatives and services that help those in our community achieve their best possible mental health.
“To understand what is happening in our neighbourhoods, how and where mental health services are being accessed as well as where the opportunities are, this information must come from locals. This is regardless of whether they use the services themselves or are a friend, family member or carer of someone accessing support.
“That’s why I have launched the Bayside Mental Health Survey, where the responses will help to drill down on where the key needs are in our community.
“As part of the plan, I am thrilled to be involving experts in the field of mental health spanning service providers, community groups, schools, GP’s and more to develop solutions and make sure we are bridging these gaps.”
Supporting mental health is a key priority of the Morrison Government, who made a $2.3 billion commitment to the sector as part of the recent 2021-22 Federal Budget. This plan will ensure the funding included as part of the Budget will benefit the Bayside.
To take part in the Bayside Mental Health Survey, please click: here.
All survey responses will be kept anonymous and completely confidential.
Do not hesitate to reach out for mental health support. Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through headspace (https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), Beyond Blue (1300 224 636), Lifeline (13 11 14), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au).