JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND
EMMA MCBRIDE MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
MEMBER FOR DOBELL
SOCIAL HOUSING CAN BE A STEP TOWARD MENTAL HEALTH REFORM
Secure housing is fundamental to improving mental health.
The Morrison Government cannot deny the link between secure housing and better mental health outcomes for Australians.
The Productivity Commission’s draft report into mental health, released last October, highlighted the importance of non-health services, including housing, in preventing mental ill health and improving recovery.
Organisations such as Wesley Mission and the NSW Mental Health Coordinating Council have reported the desperate need for adequate housing as the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of people at risk of mental ill health and homelessness.
For months, Labor has been calling on the Morrison Government to fund the construction of more social housing.
This would be a win-win. It would provide work for thousands of tradies and put a roof over the head of Australians who desperately need it.
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