Breakfasters: At Last, the Future of Mental Health is Looking Promising
Professor of Youth Mental Health Patrick McGorry joins the Breakfasters to talk about Australia’s first Royal Commission for Mental Health. Patrick is chairing the advisory panel for the Royal Commission. It was urgently called for after a study on the Victorian Mental Health system revealed the amount of suicides and homicides from untreated mental health patients. It illustrates an appalling representation of the mistreatment and neglect patients have incurred over the last 15 years.
Patrick is optimistic for the future of mental health, as a Royal Commission builds and encourages a community consensus. Because employees in the system are prevented from speaking out, the panel can speak on their behalf, thereby influencing and empowering politicians to make radical change.