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What You Should Know About the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

Our physical health is our utmost priority these days especially because of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 or coronavirus. We follow all these safety precautions such as proper handwashing and social distancing to prevent the virus from spreading and affecting our health. However, there’s another aspect that many of us tend to neglect or ignore especially when we’re too caught up with what’s going on around us.

For years, talking about mental health was taboo. It was not exactly the type of conversation that’s welcomed with open arms. Counseling, for instance, is often associated with losing one’s mind or not being able to function in a normal environment. Now that more people are open to this matter, it’s a step towards positive change.

Mental health by definition includes our psychological well-being, which affects our emotions, feelings, and actions in general. Our mental health also dictates our decisions on the daily, which is why it is very important to keep your mental health in check once in a while. So many homelessness cases are associated with poor mental health. Time and time again, we have seen how an unsafe living environment constitutes problems concerning a person’s mental state. How much more if these people are not given attention and support, let alone a voice to speak up about the matter. A system that will focus on finding the best possible solution to this very issue is necessary and long overdue.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system was established to design a mental health system that will accommodate the specific needs of individuals with mental health problems, as well as their families and the people who support them. The commission is tasked to provide recommendations on how to support Victorians with this illness in the best possible way. We should not forget that many of these individuals may have suicidal tendencies and this risk should not be ignored. Public awareness is also a key element in this.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system was granted a three-month extension on the delivery of the final report due to the impact of the current pandemic the world is facing right now. This ensures that they will be given ample time they need to engage with Victorians. It was announced that the final report will be handed over in February 2021. Due to COVID-19, so many hearings and community hearings were canceled, thus, challenges were faced that made it difficult for the Royal Commission to produce the needed testimony and evidence coming from the participants.

Gathering information is vital to a lasting reform. With this extension, an in-depth look at issues revolving around the subject will be made, plus answers to questions such as: “what didn’t work?” and “how can we do better?” will hopefully be presented.

Just recently, the Victorian Government announced an extra $19.5 million specifically to deliver the results of the interim report which includes the Royal Commission’s recommendations on how to fund dedicated workers and suicide prevention programs across the state. The Government previously provided a $59.4 million mental health package, and with the additional funds, meeting the demands of Victorians going through stress, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. This gives the State the power to reach out to more individuals suffering.

So many elements in our society were deeply impacted by the pandemic and Xotel will always make sure to uphold one of the basic human rights, which is the right to adequate and safe shelter. At Xotel, we are committed to serve our purpose and help out those who need it the most.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636. You may also visit our Xotel website and social media pages for more information.

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