Department of Health

Diverse Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework and Blueprint

The Victorian Government is developing a Framework and Blueprint for Action to improve the mental health and wellbeing of diverse communities. 

The Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System found that diverse communities experienced many barriers to good mental health and wellbeing, including the following:

  • People can experience discrimination and stigma related to mental illness as well as their diverse backgrounds, identities and attributes
  • Sometimes mental health supports are difficult to find out about or access 
  • Mental health services might not be safe, inclusive or responsive to the needs of people from diverse communities 
  • People from diverse communities can have unequal access to the things that keep them from becoming unwell in the first place.

We want to build on this knowledge by hearing from diverse communities and the organisations and services that support, represent and care for them.

We are working with people from to diverse communities to design the Framework and Blueprint, and we want to hear your ideas about what the Victorian Government can do over the coming decade to better serve diverse communities and improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Who we would we like to hear from

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Division of the Department of Health would like to hear from people from diverse communities as well as the organisations and services that represent and work with them to support and promote mental health and wellbeing.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System (the Royal Commission) has defined ‘diverse communities’ in Victoria as:

  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • LGBTIQ+ people
  • people with disability.

We know that people might be part of more than one of the above communities, as well as have a range of other identities, characteristics and attributes. 

You might also: 

  • have your own lived or living experiences of mental illness or psychological distress, either as a consumer or a family member, carer or supporter 
  • work with diverse communities in health, community, service or related settings.

How to take part

Community Engagement Toolkit

We invite you to download and use our Community Engagement Toolkit to have your own conversations with your communities, friends, family and networks and send us your feedback. The feedback we receive from this toolkit will inform the development of the Diverse Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework and Blueprint and other government actions to improve inclusion, social connection and mental wellbeing.

You can request a version of the toolkit in another language and/or another format that is more accessible. Please reach out to mhwd.diversity@health.vic.gov.au to make this request, noting that the team will be working at a lower capacity over the holiday period.

The Toolkit includes instructions for use, including how to send your completed Toolkit back to us. Please share your feedback by 18 January 2023.

Written feedback via Engage Victoria (2023)

You can provide written feedback to the Victorian Government on the Engage Victoria platform in early 2023. 

Fill out this Microsoft Form to be notified when the Engage Victoria platform is available. 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Division is leading a number of reforms that will support and improve the mental health and wellbeing of diverse communities. This engagement will help develop the Diverse Communities Framework and Blueprint for Action, which focuses on culturally and linguistically diverse communities, LGBTIQ+ people and people with disability. You might be interested in some other key engagements that are currently underway.

Victorian suicide prevention and response strategy

The suicide prevention and response strategy will take a whole-of-government and community-wide approach so we can better prevent and respond to suicide, and includes a focus on diverse communities.

Learn more about upcoming engagement to support the development of the strategy.

Statewide Wellbeing Plan

The Statewide Wellbeing Plan will use a statewide approach to promote good mental health and wellbeing and prevent mental illness, including for diverse communities.

Learn more about opportunities to contribute to the Statewide Wellbeing Plan.

Please note that if you are part of any of these engagements and provide input that is relevant to one of the other reforms, we will make sure your feedback is provided to the right team so it can inform the relevant strategies.

Reviewed 21 December 2022

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