The Turnbull Government is building on record levels of investment in mental health services with an additional $110 million to extend and expand mental health programs for young Australians.
Around four million Australians experience a mental health condition every year, which can affect people of all ages, including young people.
Health Minister Greg Hunt told the Herald Sun it was important to maintain positive mental health among young people.
“These positive initiatives will help schools and communities to support the wellbeing and mental health of our kids and respond rapidly to personal and community challenges,” he said.
As part of the funding announced today, beyondblue will receive up to $46 million for its integrated school-based Mental Health in Education initiative.
They will use the funding to continue providing information, advice and support to teachers and early childhood workers so that they can teach children and young people skills for good social and emotional development, work together with families, and recognise and get help for children and young people going through a difficult time or a family crisis.
Emerging Minds will receive $16 million for the National Workforce Support in Child Mental Health initiative.
The funding will be used to continue delivering support to professionals and services who work with children, and the parents and families of these children, to identify, assist and refer children at risk of mental health difficulties and promote resilience building.
These positive initiatives will help schools and communities to support the well-being and mental health of our kids and respond rapidly to personal and community challenges.
Funding of $2.5 million will also provide for an evaluation of the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program – which today will extend until June 2021.
The headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation will receive additional funding of $30 million for the headspace national program allowing it to provide further support to Primary Health Networks in commissioning headspace services.
Orygen will receive additional funding of $13.5 million for the operation of the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health to continue to provide national leadership for youth mental health in research, policy advice and workforce training.
The extension of funding announced today for these key child and youth mental health initiatives will provide a stable funding base for the great work done by these organisations.
The Turnbull Government will also provide an additional $1.8 million over two years to four existing Commonwealth funded digital mental health services that provide telephone, webchat and other online support.
These services are Kids Helpline, ReachOut, Suicide Callback Service and QLife.
If you require support, reach out to your mates or pick up the phone and contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.