Page 388 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 22 March 2022

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In the last budget, the ACT government provided funding for Parentline, which does vital work in providing assistance and advice to parents to protect the mental wellbeing of their children and to give exhausted parents a few more tools in the toolbox to be the caring, supportive parents that they want to be.

In May last year I also opened the latest addition to the range of step up, step downs in the ACT, with a purpose-built facility in Garran providing the ability for people to step up from the community when they need extra support, or providing people with a place to go to when they leave hospital, if they still need a little extra support.

In January of this year the Eating Disorders Clinical Hub was launched, which is a vital component to developing a modern and multi-model eating disorders model of care. The reason these services exist is that they are vital, not just for individuals but for the health and wellbeing of our community as a whole. They are everyone’s business.

A supported community benefits all of us. In other words, do not wait until you just cannot cope any more, but do seek support early. Talk to friends, family, neighbours and workmates about how we are all feeling and where to get help. Today you might be the one giving a helping hand or suggesting a number to call. Tomorrow it might be you who is in greatest need.

As the ACT’s Minister for Mental Health, I want to urge everyone to check in on each other, as well as checking on yourself. Are you really okay? If you are not, the best thing you can do is to recognise it early and reach out for the help that any one of us might need sometime.

I present the following paper:

Mental health in the ACT—Ministerial statement, 22 March 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 13

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (11.18): I present:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 13, dated 15 March 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings—

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

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