The NSW Government has announced $700 million for a state-wide mental health infrastructure program. This investment will transform existing infrastructure to support new contemporary care models and provide specialist mental health units for children and adolescents, families and older people. It will also improve the forensic mental health network and provide facilities which help patients reintegrate into normal life.

The following locations have been confirmed:

  • Two dedicated mother baby units located at Royal Prince Alfred hospital and Westmead hospital,
  • 26 new forensic low secure beds in Western Sydney
  • A new specialist child and adolescent mental health unit with up to 10 beds at Nepean Hospital.

Planning continues on the remaining projects under the program.

Towards Zero Suicides initiatives

Towards Zero Suicides is an $87 million investment over three years in new suicide prevention initiatives that address priorities in the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-23 and contribute to the Premier’s Priority to reduce the suicide rate by 20 per cent by 2023.

Suicide Prevention Fund

The NSW Government has introduced the NSW Suicide Prevention Fund to provide opportunities for non-government organisations and community based services to deliver local suicide prevention services and activities.

From 2016-17, the NSW Government has committed $8million over four years for a Suicide Prevention Fund. Non-government organisations and community based services will be invited to submit proposals for services or programs to be delivered under the fund, through a contestable process. See also the Suicide Prevention Fund fact sheet.

Read more information about suicide prevention services.

Funded projects 

  • Next Steps Suicide Attempt Response Team - Grand Pacific Health is being funded $1.7 million for the Next Steps Suicide Attempt Response Team will deliver seven days per week aftercare services in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region.
  • HealthWISE Suicide Prevention Initiative - HealthWISE New England North West is being funded $1.5 million for the HealthWISE Suicide Prevention Initiative.
  • Kumpa Kiira Suicide Prevention Project - Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation is being funded $800,000 for the Kumpa Kiira Suicide Prevention Project.
  • Hunter Primary Care Way Back Support Service - Hunter Primary Care is being funded $750,000 for the Hunter Primary Care Way Back Support Service. The Way Back Support Service is an established program, which has been trialled from May 2016 with funding from beyondblue up to January 2018.
  • Compass Housing Services Suicide Prevention Initiative- Compass Housing Services is being funded $650,000 for the Compass Housing Services Suicide Prevention Initiative.
  • ACON Suicide Prevention Initiative - ACON is being funded $500,000 for the ACON Suicide Prevention Initiative.
  • Bright Minds, Connected Communities - Community Activities Lake Macquarie is being funded $280,000 for the Bright Minds, Connected Communities initiative.
  • New Horizons Way Back Support Service – New Horizons is being funded $372,820 in 2019-20 to deliver the Way Back Service in Grafton.  
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Page Updated: Tuesday 21 April 2020
Contact page owner: Mental Health Branch