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Tell us your experience of Australia's mental health system

The Guardian (Australia)
March 8, 2021

Guardian Australia is asking readers to share their stories about seeking help, and frontline workers to offer ideas on how to improve the system
Perth meditation coordinated by artist Andrew Baines to highlight mental health organisation Meeting for Minds. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Dead ends and closed doors. People falling between the cracks. This language used in recent reviews of mental health systems in Australia denotes systems in crisis.

In the lives of individuals, systemic failures can be frustrating, confusing and catastrophic. Experts have been warning for some time that the next pandemic will be the mental health pandemic, and that the system as it stands is not up to the job.

We would like to hear from you about your interactions with the mental health system in Australia. Have you encountered significant barriers to getting the help you, or someone close to you, needed? Do you feel the pathway to help is clear and easy to follow? Are you a parent dealing with a confusing range of advice for a child in need?

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Also, we’d like to hear from frontline workers in the system. Are you a GP who has noticed a discernible change in the number or type of presentations around mental ill-health following the pandemic? Do you work in mental health and have ideas about what is needed to make the system stronger?

These are difficult subjects involving suffering. As far as possible please keep the responses to accounts of
interactions with the system – some of them will be published with your permission, and we will endeavour to respond to all readers within a few days.

If you need help, crisis support services can be reached 24 hours a day:

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