On 15 December 2014 the NSW Government adopted Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024, developed by the NSW Mental Health Commission following an unprecedented program of consultation and engagement with Government, mental health professionals and the community, in which more than 2000 people participated.
In accepting Living Well, and all the 141 Actions it contains, the Government has set a ground-breaking new direction for the provision of services and supports to people in NSW who experience mental illness. This is modelled on proven principles of recovery and person-centred care, which emphasise choice and autonomy and consider the personal and social dimensions of mental illness alongside its impact on people’s health. For this reason, the Plan takes a whole-of-Government perspective, including housing, education, employment assistance, the justice system and family support among the spectrum of services that people may require when they experience mental illness.
“The NSW Government today committed to a once-in-a-generation overhaul of mental health care service delivery… The Government has accepted all actions outlined in the Commission's plan.”
- NSW Premier Mike Baird 15 December 2014
Living Well also firmly embeds an acknowledgement that good mental health is not only a matter for individuals, and that early support for children, families and communities can create strong foundations for positive mental health and resilience across the whole of life.
The Government has announced a $115 million additional investment and outlined its approach to reform, known as Strengthening Mental Health Care in NSW, as the first stage of its commitment to implementing Living Well.
The NSW Mental Health Commission is working with Government and the community to ensure NSW derives the greatest possible benefit from its commitment to Living Well.
Through monitoring, reporting, reviewing, research, advocacy, influencing, education and knowledge sharing, the Commission will continue to support progress towards the vision and directions of Living Well and the implementation of its Actions. This will ensure their potential is progressively realised – some immediately and others over the medium or longer term within Living Well's 10-year horizon.
Read One year on - the Commission's report on reform progress.