Experts call for action, not talk, on mental health road map

Last week, the National Mental Health Commission released its inaugural report card, calling on federal, state and territory governments to maintain their commitment to the issue.

The sector has sent an open letter to the prime minister and all state and territory leaders ahead of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting  on Friday, stating the plan must have clear and practical aims.

"We fear without any real and measurable targets, any road map for mental health will fall well short of what the recent report card on mental health and suicide prevention suggests Australia needs to support what it calls a contributing life for people affected by mental illness," the letter said.

Mental Health Council of Australia chief executive Frank Quinlan said the nation was better at talking about mental health than improving the lives of those with mental illnesses.

"We are asking the prime minister and the premiers as they gather at