Mental Health Support | Adjournment

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (19:50): My adjournment matter is directed to the Honourable James Merlino, the Acting Premier, Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health. This adjournment matter relates to the minister’s portfolio responsibility of mental health. The Andrews Labor government is committed to helping and supporting young Victorians struggling with mental health issues as they deal with the uncertainty brought about by COVID-19. In April 2020 the Victorian government, as part of its coronavirus mental health package, provided $6 million to Orygen to roll out the moderated online social therapy, MOST, platform across state-funded child and adolescent youth mental health services and all Victorian Headspace centres. It is now live in 23 services across the state.

The MOST service was designed by Orygen to blend digital and face-to-face care for young people, providing instant access to online support. While MOST does not replace crucial face-to-face care, it provides complementary treatment and recovery support in an online environment. These expanded mental health services mean the community has the support it needs as it rebuilds and recovers, ensuring young Victorians struggling with their mental health have the support they need now and close to home. The action I seek from the minister is to provide me with a list of services providing moderated online social therapy in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region.