Services Union members ……….can you spare a minute to help save our mental health services?
There is a crisis unfolding in community mental health services right now. Will you help us save our mental health services by signing this petition?
The Federal Government is in the process of shutting down 3 of its most important and successful community mental health programs – Services Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHAMS), Day to Day Living (D2DL) and Partners in Recovery (PIR). Mental health workers around the country are being laid off as the programs are defunded, and services are shutting their doors.
Last week the Government has announced funding to extend the timeframe for people to transition to the NDIS – however, the vast majority of people supported by these Government programs are ineligible to access the NDIS, meaning that thousands of people needing critical mental health support will be left without any support.
There is inadequate funding and support available for new consumers who need mental health support and who are not able to access support through the NDIS – these people will be left with nowhere to go.
ASU members around the country are calling on Federal Liberal Ministers Paul Fletcher and Greg Hunt to act urgently to commit to fund its community mental health programs for at least 3 years rather than shutting these programs down now, and use that time to work with mental health providers, consumers and workers to develop long-term arrangements that ensure that consumers who need community mental health support and the workforce have certainty.
It’s a crisis, and it’s happening now. Sign the petition and share. We need every signature to call on the Government to fix this crisis. It cannot wait.
If you have any questions; would like to help spread the word or would like an Organiser to visit your workplace call 3844 5300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org giving your details and the purpose for your email.