Mental Health and Housing Position Statement
14 October 2021
Australia’s current mental health and housing systems are inadequate and crisis-driven, perpetuating instability for individuals and reliance on more costly services for governments.
“…having the security of safe and affordable housing is a major factor in supporting individual mental health and wellbeing, particularly at a time when we see high rates of mental distress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
QAMH CEO Jennifer Black, Media Release October 2021
Together, QAMH and Q Shelter are calling for coordinated action by both the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy and Queensland Health, to commit to increased investment in supported accommodation programs. This would ensure better access to safe, supported and long-term housing for people with lived experience of mental health challenges, particularly in Queensland’s regional areas.
We are calling for:
- Increased funding for head-leased housing options to be available for people with mental illness
- Growth funding to be made available for subsidised housing options aimed at addressing the needs of people with mental illness
- Processes to encourage support agencies to engage directly with community housing providers to help shape their growth plans
- Increased funding for support programs which ensure a focus on tenancy sustainment
- A strengthening of the partnership between Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy and Queensland Health to ensure best outcomes for people with mental illness