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Victorians To Be Given A Voice At The Mental Health Royal Commission

South west residents will be given a chance to share their lived experiences and be a part of a once-in-a-generation reform of our mental health system.

The landmark Royal Commission into Mental Health took a major step forward today, unveiling an online portal for all Victorians to share their experiences and tell the Commissioners what matters to them.

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The new Royal Commission portal allows people to share their views through a written submission, an audio submission or a video recording.

Submissions can be short, or more formal, longer pieces. The Mental Health Royal Commission has already held community consultation sessions in Warrnambool, Hamilton and Geelong, and will hold many more over the coming weeks.

The Government appointed public policy expert Penny Armytage as Chair of the Royal Commission. Ms Armytage is joined by Associate Professor Alex Cockram, Professor Allan Fels AO and Professor Bernadette McSherry.

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley says it's a real opportunity for people to share their stories and help create a new system that will give Victorians the help and support they deserve.

“One in five Victorians will experience mental illness this year, and too many of those will lose their lives to suicide. We need a new approach to mental health, and a Royal Commission will help us deliver a new system.”

The Labor Government will accept the Royal Commission’s recommendations. To access the portal or stay up to date with the Royal Commission’s activities, visit rcvmhs.vic.gov.au. If you or someone you know is in crisis or requires support, call Lifelife on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636

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