Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Western Australians who experience mental health issues should have access to high quality, tailored mental health care, treatment and support, with the role of carers and families acknowledged, respected and supported. Research and evaluation are crucial to reducing incidences of mental health issues, and improving outcomes for people experiencing with and living with mental illness.

Alison is deeply committed to working for a range of reforms to improve mental health services in Western Australia, including the introduction of a Recovery College; a transcultural mental health unit for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and a range of other specialised services to cater for different population groups and for different diagnoses. The money from the sale of Graylands Hospital money must be re-invested back into the mental health sector.

Alison will continue to advocate for funding for evidence-based suicide prevention programs including community-level programs and targeted programs for at-risk groups.  She will also promote the need to fund rigorous research into suicide risk and protective factors to inform service delivery.

Policy and service delivery should always be developed in collaboration with people who have lived experience.