The Victorian Government is establishing a Royal Commission into Mental Health – the first of its kind in Australia.

The Royal Commission will map out a plan of action that drives major changes to Victoria’s mental health services.

Over the next month, all Victorians are invited to submit their thoughts on the themes of the Royal Commission via an online portal, with feedback to be collated and used to inform the official Terms of Reference.

Topics expected to be covered include prevention and early intervention, accessibility and navigation of the system, integration with alcohol and other drug services, and community, acute and forensic mental health.

Consultation with key stakeholders on the Terms of Reference has already started, with a series of targeted stakeholder roundtables happening throughout January 2019.

The final Terms of Reference and Commissioners will be announced shortly, before the Royal Commission commences in March 2019.

While the initial consultation is limited to the themes to be covered by the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference, Victorians will be also able to tell their stories and offer suggestions for change as part of the Royal Commission hearings and submission process once it is up and running.

The Royal Commission is the first of its kind in Australia and is tasked with providing a comprehensive set of recommendations on how to best reform the current mental health system and support Victorians with mental illness, including those at risk of suicide.

Consultation will run until 27 January. To have your say on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health visit the Engage Victoria website.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

The Royal Commission into mental health – your questions answered