Isa mental health sessions

Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck.

Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck.

Mount Isa’s community is being encouraged to comment on a high level plan that sets the direction of action to improve mental health and wellbeing.

The Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019 is a whole of government plan up for discussion first released in 2014.

On Thursday and Friday the Queensland Mental Health Commission will host consultation forums on the Strategic Plan at the Mount Isa Civic Centre, 23 West Street, Mount Isa.

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck said it was important that the voices of all Queenslanders from all sectors were heard during the plan’s renewal process.

“The people of Mount Isa will have a unique perspective on the needs and priorities of remote locations such as theirs. That’s why we invite them to get involved and be hear,” Dr van Schoubroeck said.

“It is particularly important that we hear from people with lived experience of mental illness, problematic alcohol and other drug use and those affected by suicide, as well as their families, carers and supporters.”

Dr van Schoubroeck said significant mental health reform, action and new services had been delivered across Queensland.

“Improving mental health and wellbeing takes time and it is important that our efforts are continually reviewed to ensure they meet the changing needs of Queenslanders and align with recent reforms,” she said.

Discussion papers on key topics are available for comment. Registrations for the two Mount Isa forums are under ‘Strategic Plan renewal’ on the Commission’s website.