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Why Mental Health Support During this Time is Crucial

The world as we know it has changed drastically and abruptly. People, young or old have had to adjust to new ways to do things that could be overwhelming physically, emotionally, and mentally. Mental health has become a crisis – and it’s gone deeper over the past few years. Young people have become even more vulnerable and triggers can come in many forms anytime, anywhere. With lockdowns, restrictions, and just the whole chaos in our society, it’s important that mental health is not taken for granted.

Lockdowns have since ended in many cities and countries. Now it’s the time to start planning for the post-pandemic life.

The Victorian Government has vowed to continue its support to those affected by the pandemic. As the state starts to recover from the pandemic and as Victorians all get vaccinated, the next step is to make sure that mental health is taken care of. According to the latest reports, 20 pop-up mental health services are now open and in-person referrals, as well as telehealth appointments, will be entertained. This was something the Victorian Government wanted to do to ensure that every region has access to quality care, especially when it comes to mental health. The sector was allotted $247 million to put more focus on mental health support and an additional $5.68 million for those who need intensive support.

In recent years, Australia has encountered presentations regarding eating disorders that call for specialists to intervene. This is something that needs careful understanding and strategizing to deliver world-class care to Victorians suffering from eating disorders, but also to allow them to share their experiences with mental health professionals. This is necessary to address the problem head-on. At Royal, Talbot Rehabilitation Center has a Brain Disorders Unit which was built for younger Victorians with brain injuries and mental illness that need a much more personalized approach such as residential or nursing home care.

The funding allotted by the Victorian Government will help the unit to encourage many to get back on their feet again and gain independence. The extra funding will also support training and educational programs which are crucial to the recovery of the youth. According to the latest reports, services to also receive funding include the Dual Disability services at The Alfred, St Vincent’s Hospital and Monash Health, the Alfred’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Services, the Neuropsychiatric Unit at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Koori Statewide Inpatient Service at St Vincent’s and the Personality Disorder Services (Spectrum).

The mental health system has been struggling for a long time, and it’s a good thing that the Government is doing its best to provide support. The key is quick response. If we have enough resources to respond quickly and make important interventions, the mental health of both the young and old could make great improvements which then could lead to a better quality of life. A lot of those suffering from mental health issues end up in a terrible condition with no chance at a good job or a safe place to live in. These investments are fundings that will open doors for an improved system that will hopefully, make a long-term impact.

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