Canberra Times informs
readers that ACT's political parties are considering whether to carry out a community wide review of ACT's mental health services. ACT Liberals are concerned about the increasing number of suicide attempts whilst being treated by the territory's mental health system. ACT recognise that there is no easy solution to decreasing the amount of suicide victims, but are considering a change in ACT's mental health system. They aim to address an individual's problems before they spiral out of control. By implementing new measures to prevent suicide, ACT's mental health services could be improved.
The health minister of ACT, Katy Gallagher, has not ruled out a community wide review. However, Gallagher believes that the system is continually reviewed and monitored. Gallagher was more concerned about implementing change. Learning why people end their life and looking out for warning signs.
The ACT Greens understand what they have to do and how to get on with it. They realise that they have to learn by previous mistakes and start to increase the amount of money towards community services. Monetary support could help with education and promoting awareness of mental health problems. Money could help educate people, so they learn the warning signs of suicidal behaviour before it is too late.
Amanda Bresnan, Greens health spokesperson, wants to look at helping people prevent ending up in crisis and putting some sort of intervention in place. Bresnan understands that people need help and support for a full recovery, to make sure that they do not end up back in crisis again. More improved support services, especially for carers will help individuals avoid crisis point.