More than a quarter of Australians surveyed by consultants Seo Consultancy said the government should set up a national seo consultation for people with mental health problems.
The consultation was announced as part of a range of initiatives that include a national call for submissions to the Government on seos, a new National Mental Health Strategy, and a consultation to make seo more accessible to all.
“We want the consultation to be as simple as possible,” said one of the respondents, whose name has been withheld to protect their identity.
“It’s important to make sure that people are aware that the consultation is open to all, so that the people who can access the consultation can do so.”
One of the people polled, who has a history of depression and anxiety, said it was important for people to know that they could access the consultative process and they would be able to share their views.
“What we need is a lot of clarity about what services are available and what services the Government is providing to them.
The government should be more open to people with different kinds of mental health conditions, because we don’t know what services they are getting,” she said.
Seo consultant Dr Andrew Koehler said he felt it was a necessary consultation for the government to address the challenges of mental illness in the community.
“Seo is a really important piece of our community health system and the fact that people can have a consultation with us is really important,” he said.
“But if you have mental health issues and you don’t want to see services cut, you should be able be informed about it and get an opportunity to talk about it.”
Seo chief executive, Dr Andrew Kehler, says a consultation is not an optional service.
The consultative service is not compulsory and does not replace or supersede the services already available to people in the general community.
He said it would be up to the government whether to proceed with the consultation.
“This is an optional consultation and it’s about helping us build the services we need in the communities where we live,” he told the ABC.
“I think it’s very important that we do have a public conversation about seo.”
Seopas community manager Dr Amy Smith said people with depression and mental health disorders were often overlooked by the community, especially in the workplace.
“The community’s view is that they don’t like to see someone like that coming into their workplace,” she told the BBC.
“They feel like they can’t say anything because they feel like that person’s coming in.”
The consultation will open on October 1, and is free.
The Department of Mental Health and Wellbeing is working with local organisations to provide support to those who are eligible for a consultation.
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