NSW has relied heavily on hospitals to support people with persistent or acute mental illness. While there will always be an essential role for hospitals to care for people when they are experiencing a crisis, research evidence clearly shows people recover better when they are supported with appropriate and adequate services in their own homes and communities.

This is a 2015-18 priority because

  • Many people with severe mental illness – some of the most vulnerable in our community – continue to experience extreme distress as a consequence of being separated from their families, friends, work and regular activities. As a matter of justice, we need urgently to do better by them.
  • By investing more strongly in community-based mental health services, we will be able to make a positive difference in the lives of more people, while taking the pressure off hospitals. This will make it more likely that people experiencing an acute episode of mental illness can find a hospital bed when they need it.