Sunday 27 Jan 2019
FCRC welcomes the establishment by the Victorian Government of the Royal Commission into Mental Health. The Royal Commission provides an opportunity to explore how best to address the complex array of factors affecting the mental health of Victorians and improve the overall mental health of our community through identifying good practices and a support infrastructure that can implement effective prevention and treatment strategies.
FCRC submits that the Terms of Reference should pay due regard to key mental health comorbidities as part of effective holistic response to risk factors and real client/patient needs, and in particular to financial vulnerability. The experience of financial counsellors is that financial difficulties, debt and vulnerability are an important and under-estimated comorbidity which practical and feasible assistance can reduce as a contributing factor to mental health harms.