We, the undersigned, are people who have worked in an Australian Emergency Department in a public hospital, have worked with an emergency department (ED) or have sought help from an ED while experiencing a mental health crisis. We wish to share our deep concern at the unacceptable state of mental health support available to people seeking help through EDs and to urge you to act immediately to improve this situation.
As health professionals, we commit to doing everything we can to provide timely and appropriate care in response to people in mental health crisis, and to advocate for improved care and support based on the principles and priorities set out below. We appreciate that effective reform takes time and that system improvements will require collaboration between governments and key stakeholders. We have therefore identified four actions that can be immediately implemented by governments to improve the safety and quality of mental health care and support for people presenting to an ED in crisis.
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