$100 million for mental health
The Federal Government has put up over $100 million for school mental health programs and new Headspace centres.
The funding injection should help thousands of young Australians access the mental health and wellbeing schemes across the country.
“We know that around 4 million Australians experience a mental health condition every year,” said Health Minister Greg Hunt.
“People of all ages can be affected, either directly themselves or because someone close to them might be suffering and even young children can be deeply affected.
“Programs for beyondblue, Headspace, Origin and Kids Helpline and Reach Out and others are all about ensuring that we provide assistance before the problems emerge and when they do emerge there are avenues for treatment and avenues for people to seek emergency help.”
Just under half the new funds will go to beyondblue’s integrated school-based Mental Health in Education initiative, which provides mental health and wellbeing practices for Australian children across all school years.
The program is still under development, and will be launched in August 2018.
Nearly $30 million will go to setting up more Headspace centres, which provide early intervention mental health services for people aged 12-25, work and study support, and alcohol and drug services.
Kids Helpline, ReachOut, Suicide Callback Service and QLife will receive almost $2 million over two years for telephone, webchat and online mental health help.
“The extension of funding announced for these key child and youth mental health initiatives will provide a stable funding base for the great work done by these organisations,” Mr Hunt said.