This year the Commission will shine a light on the following key themes and issues in each chapter of the 2013 Report Card:
Thriving, not just surviving: One person, diverse needs: living with a mental illness as well as the challenges from difficulties with alcohol and drug use
Connections with family, friends, culture and community: Strengthening community understanding
Ensuring effective support, care and treatment:
Approaches that support recovery, including through peer support
Something meaningful to do, something to look forward to:
Transitioning from education to independence
Feeling safe, stable and secure: The justice system and mental health
Preventing suicide: What works in suicide prevention?
In Cairns the Commissioners also agreed that this year’s Report Card will: report back on action and progress against the specific recommendations and findings of the 2012 Report Card; continue the focus and reporting against the five domains of a contributing life and suicide prevention; and that the emotional health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be a focus throughout the report.
The first Report Card, in establishing a framework for our ongoing annual reporting, had to rely heavily on existing data. In the next and future Report Cards we will use new and unreported data, including research and data we commission, to help reporting on the current situation, on action and on what needs to change.
The Commission would be pleased to receive any key data to support the 2013 Report Card chapters.