South Western Sydney Primary Health Network (SWSPHN) and South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) have launched the regional mental health and suicide prevention plan for South Western Sydney. The plan is the culmination of three years' work and includes input from more than 200 people from organisations, services, hospital staff, GPs, people with lived experience and carers, Indigenous support services, schools and community services in South Western Sydney.
It will guide local efforts to improve access to mental health support in areas including referral pathways, integration, and collaboration within the mental health sector and relevant community and health services.
SWSPHN chief executive officer, Dr Keith McDonald, welcomed this next important step in addressing our region’s mental health needs, saying up to 166,000 people in our community were impacted by some level of mental illness in any given year.
SWSLHD chief executive Amanda Larkin said the plan’s vision was to provide treatment, care and support for individuals which was personalised and provided by the right service at the right place, at the right time.