This week, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley announced that an extra boost of $60 million will be provided to our mental health system – to help support the surge in demand for acute mental health services during the coronavirus pandemic and deliver on the first set of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Mental Health.
This boost to the mental health system will mean more people across Northern Victoria can access effective services sooner with:
· the extension of operating hours of mental health community clinics in Shepparton, Mildura, Echuca and Swan Hill which will support acute patients and take pressure off busy emergency departments.
· extra mental health and wellbeing support for our police, paramedics and health professionals on the frontline of this pandemic.
· $4 million to complete the roll out of the successful HOPE post-suicide prevention program to Mildura, plus six other sites across the state. Additional clinical capacity will also be added to the existing site in Albury- Wodonga, which also services people in Yarrawonga.
· $7 million statewide to increase access to Crisis Assessment & Treatment Team.
· $900,000 additional funding for the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council to enable them deliver support functions to carers and those who have lived experience of mental illness.
This funding boost is on top of the school mental health support package which was announced last Thursday.
For more details on these announcements:
We know the pandemic has had unprecedented impacts on the mental health and overall wellbeing of Victorians. Be kind to yourself and others, and please reach out if you need help:
Beyond Blue – 1800 512 348
Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
Headspace – 1800 650 890
For more resources, visit: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mental-health-resources-coronavirus-covid-19