The recurrent budget for mental health services in 2020-21 is $2.4 billion. This focuses on improving the lives of people living in NSW with mental illness by delivering better care in hospital and making supports available for them, their families and carers, in the community.
The Government also committed to investing $700 million from 2018 in a Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program, to build more contemporary mental health facilities.
The NSW Government has announced an $80 million package of initiatives to strengthen mental health services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The new mental health funding provides for targeted and practical measures to support the mental health and wellbeing of NSW residents.
Among the initiatives included in the NSW Government’s $80 million mental health support package are:
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.
The Towards Zero Suicides initiatives seek to provide leading best practice crisis care and support, build on local community resilience and improve systems and practices to reduce the suicide rate in NSW.
The Towards Zero Suicides initiatives supported in 2020-21 include:
For further information refer to Towards Zero Suicides
The 2020-21 budget includes $11.93 million for the Emergency Drought Relief Mental Health Package. This includes $4.38 million for the farm gate counselling program to employ 28 farm gate counsellors/drought peer workers across rural local health districts. The program involves assertive outreach, coordination with local services and communities, and the provision of ongoing support to individuals and their families and carers.
It also includes $2.5 million to expand access to virtual mental health support to provide community mental health services by telephone and video to rural and remote communities, where face-to-face service options are limited.
The NSW Government announced a recovery package that includes $14.8 million to recruit 30 new Bushfire Recovery Mental Health Clinicians. These positions will work closely with primary health initiatives, community and welfare agencies to provide direct care and respond to local needs and issues.