nt mental illness, or else their identification and early intervention.
Arrangements should be made to assist people to live independently at home, involving support for families and care givers in addition to providing stable and appropriate accommodation, and lead a normal life
Hickie said that this goal setting plan differed from the National Mental Health Plan, written in 2003, which ‘just sets priorities _ it just had broad motherhood statements’.
Early intervention youth mental health service program is one of the early priorities proposed by the report. Setting up such a service on a national scale would cost $300 million in the first year, and $150 million in running costs in subsequent years.
Besides this services to look after patients experiencing their first mental health episode would cost an estimated $500 million in the first year, and $300 million a year thereafter.
According to Hickie, ‘But in the mental health area, often it's a very important part of the health system that the accommodation, the rehabilitation, the return to work actually happens.’
`’Those things are actually health interventions. If people are back at work, back at school, their mental health improves in those situations. We have to get over the notion that you have to get well before you bring into play these social and other services. ‘
The Time for Service report says that early interventions would cost an extra $1.7 to $2 billion every year, from all levels of government. But the federal Government has pledged $1.8 billion over five years, not one, and the MHCA hope that this would be matched jointly by the states. In this situation meeting the target seems to be fraught with difficulties
At the end, getting the priorities right was more important than the sums involved according to Hickie. ‘We've had mental health inquiries and reports every decade for the past five decades,' HickiPage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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