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MELBOURNE MENTAL HEALTH FORUM The Australian Democrats are hosting a mental health community forum tomorrow featuring speakers from leading mental health organisations Orygen Youth Health, SANE Australia and former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett representing beyondblue.

Democrats Leader Senator Lyn Allison chairs the Senate Inquiry into Mental Health and will also chair this event.

Senator Allison said the event provides an important forum to discuss the serious mental health issues impacting both mental health providers and members of the community in Victoria.

“The bulk of the 500-plus submissions to the current Senate Inquiry into Mental Health came from Victoria and detailed wide-spread neglect, inadequate services and an immediate need for a national mental health solution,” Senator Allison said.

“We know the situation in Victoria is dire. We have under-resourced services, frustrated families unable to get treatment for their loved ones and too many people with mental illness getting inadequate care - the Senate Inquiry has heard the horror stories.”

“A community forum provides an important opportunity for mental health service providers to discuss both the deficiencies and the successes in Victoria.”

“This forum will allow the leaders in the mental health field to engage in discussion and ultimately help guide the way toward better mental health services in Victoria,” Senator Allison concluded.

The Australian Democrats Community Forum on Mental Health is on Sunday 9 October, from 2pm to 5pm at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 360 Church St, Richmond.

Presenters include: Chair beyondblue, Jeff Kennett; Executive Director SANE Australia, Barbara Hocking; Policy Officer Mental Health Consumer Network, Merinda Epstein; and Director Orygen Youth Health, Professor Patrick McGorry.

Media contact: Katrina McGrath - 0408 056 167