Email from Ingrid Bentsen Background to the issue
The State Government is proposing budget to Mental Health of between 10-15%
Where people can find a petition to sign
Copy of petition attached, When completed, they need to be returned to PO box 3167 Carlisle South WA 6101on or before 12th October OR BRING THEM TO THE RALLY
3. And about the Parliament house action
ALL interested parties Consumers carers providers encouraged to attend the official hand over of the petition at
Parliament house MIDDAY 14th October.
No permits for a march have been applied for however the gathering of a large number of people at Parliament house along with media coverage should send the message loud and clear.
The intention is to show the state government we are not invisible we will not be treated like the poor cousin regarding adequate funding and we will be a strong voice for those who have none!
The media will be there and some placards available hopefully making it easier to get our message out:
• INCREASE FUNDING TO MENTAL HEALTH.
• REJECT PROPOSED CUTS
PETITION OPPOSING THE PROPOSED FUNDING CUTS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
TO THE HONOURABLE THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE PARLIAMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED.
We, the undersigned, are concerned about the effect that any proposed funding cuts will have on consumers of the mental health services, their carers, families, members of the community, as well as the providers of mental health services in Western Australia
Of major concern are any cuts in relation to the much needed recovery programs, which are known to prevent re hospitalisation.
We are also concerned of the affect any proposed cuts would have on service providers, many of whom are already under funded and understaffed
We urge the State Government to oppose any such proposal and ensure that those involved in mental health will not have their health and lifestyles compromised
Secondly, we strongly urge the Legislative Assembly propose an increase in funding to raise staffing levels to a safe and effective standard
We now ask that the Legislative Assembly take every appropriate action to ensure the above.
Please clearly mark envelope petition and return to Sound Psychiatric Information Network C/O
P/O Box 3167 Carlisle SOUTH WA 6101