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May 2019

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Mental Health Royal Commission chair Penny Armytage.

Door open to Mental Health Royal Commission

Victorians will have a chance to share their lived experiences and be a part of a once-in-a-generation reform of the mental health system.

An online portal will enable people to share their experiences with the Royal Commission into Mental Health and tell the Commissioners what matters to them.

The Royal Commission portal allows a written submission, an audio submission or a video recording.

Submissions can be short or more formal, longer pieces.

The State 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 and Professor Bernadette McSherry.

The Government will accept the Royal Commission’s recommendations.

‘This is a rare opportunity for people who have lived through their own mental health experiences to share their stories and help us create a new system that gives Victorians the help and support they deserve,’ said Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley.

‘Submissions can be long and detailed or simply just an account of their personal experiences.

‘Each and every one will help shape the Royal Commission into Mental Health.

‘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.’

•      To access the portal or stay up to date with the Royal Commission’s activities visit https://rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/.