• Mental illness has become a significant health issue in our community and it must be considered a fundamental component of the Queensland and National health reform plans. Individual mental health outcomes are influenced by the inter-relationship of biological, social, economic and environmental factors.

  • The Queensland Greens recognise that at some point everybody will be touched by mental illness, whether that be through their own diagnosis, a family member, or friend, or work colleague, or a neighbour. That due to the nature of mental illness and with the Queensland Greens’ focus being on mental health, this policy needs to be read in the context of health, housing, employment, community services, judicial system, and disability policies for an integrated and holistic approach to wellness, services and treatment. 
  • The Queensland Greens recognises that from time to time, supports and care of persons with a mental illness can be challenging and requires the establishment of an independent Mental Health Commission, but that the Commission’s funding should not draw down on found to primary and secondary service provision to help sustain services and supports for optimum mental health with an appropriate cultural and community backing.
  • The Queensland Greens recognise that destigmatising mental illness through community education and participation, early intervention mental health programs has benefits to the person with a mental illness, the community and is fiscally responsible.
  • The Queensland Greens recognise there must be a multi-governmental and intercommunity approach to the provision of mental health to provide the best and optimal supports to those in need.
  • The Queensland Greens recognise the rights and civil liberties of people with mental health problems and mental disorders must be guaranteed and protected. Mental health services should be delivered in the least restrictive environment, with an emphasis on privacy, dignity and respect. Consumers must have access to information on their rights and to advocacy services to ensure their rights and to mechanisms for complaint and appeal