"It's no exaggeration to say the Royal Commission is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help improve the way we deal with mental health in Victoria."

A montage of images from the first community consultation held by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System in Whittlesea is shown. In the montage, people are sitting in groups at large tables, talking with Ms Armytage and the other commissioners - Professor Allan Fels, Professor Bernadette McSherry and Dr Alex Cockram. People are smiling, nodding, speaking and writing.

"Listening is an important first step in this process.

"Whether you are living with mental illness, caring for a loved one, working in the sector or just have a general interest in mental health - we want to hear your experiences and ideas for change.

"The benefits of a better mental health system will be felt right across our community.

"There are a number of ways to contribute and it's really easy to get involved.

"You can visit our website to make a submission, read our terms of reference or find out when we are holding community consultation sessions and hearings.

"You can also register to stay up to date with our progress.

"This is your chance to help us understand what needs to be done to make the Victorian mental health system work better for people when and where they need it most."

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Learn about the progress of the Commission and how you can have your say to improve the way we deal with mental health in Victoria.

Penny Amytage, the chairperson of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System speaks to the camera.

"When the Victorian Government announced the first ever Royal Commission into mental health, it acknowledged the current system isn't working as well as it could.

"It's no exaggeration to say the Royal Commission is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help improve the way we deal with mental health in Victoria."

A montage of images from the first community consultation held by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System in Whittlesea is shown. In the montage, people are sitting in groups at large tables, talking with Ms Armytage and the other commissioners - Professor Allan Fels, Professor Bernadette McSherry and Dr Alex Cockram. People are smiling, nodding, speaking and writing.

"Listening is an important first step in this process.

"Whether you are living with mental illness, caring for a loved one, working in the sector or just have a general interest in mental health - we want to hear your experiences and ideas for change.

"The benefits of a better mental health system will be felt right across our community.

"There are a number of ways to contribute and it's really easy to get involved.

"You can visit our website to make a submission, read our terms of reference or find out when we are holding community consultation sessions and hearings.

"You can also register to stay up to date with our progress.

"This is your chance to help us understand what needs to be done to make the Victorian mental health system work better for people when and where they need it most."

The images fade to white writing on a turquoise background. The writing says: Have your say about the future of mental health in Victoria. www.rcvmhs.vic.gov.au