In November 2015 the government launched Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan to guide investment and drive better mental health outcomes for Victorians.
More than 1,000 Victorians were involved in development of the plan, including people with a mental illness, their families and carers, service providers, clinicians, workers, experts and community members.
Recognising that nearly half of all Victorians (45 per cent) will experience mental illness in their lifetime, the plan focuses on greater efforts in prevention, and providing better integrated services and support for the most vulnerable people in the community.
The plan also outlines the government’s approach to work directly with people with a mental illness, their families and carers to co-produce and improve services. It is a long term plan that sets the mental health agenda for the next decade, not a set of one-off actions.