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.
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.
- 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.
- Clarence Coordinated Aftercare Service - CRANES Community Support Programs is being funded $1.4 million awarded for the Clarence Coordinated Aftercare Service.
- Three Rivers Suicide Prevention Project - Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation is being funded $800,000 for the Three Rivers 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.