The NSW Government is putting $130 million towards helping people whose mental health is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding will:
Over two years, $35 million in funding will expand the mental health clinical workforce. This funding will allow NSW residents to access privately practising psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. NSW Health will work in partnership with Primary Health Networks.
There will be $20 million in funding to expand youth mental health services provided by Headspace, including 55,000 additional appointments and a boost to GP and clinical psychiatrist appointments at their NSW centres.
The funding will also allow placements at Headspace centres for:
It will allow students - supervised by clinical educators - to conduct mental health assessments and provide clinical sessions for young people. Up to 350 students can participate over the 18-month period from January 2022 to June 2023.
Over two years, $14 million will provide training to 275,000 people in suicide prevention. Training is being aimed at high school peer leaders, teachers and support staff, parents, community groups and youth influencers such as sports coaches and club managers.
Living Works will deliver the majority of the training, while grants will also be available to small organisations delivering training to at-risk groups
Over four years, $21million funding will employ 18 FTE Aboriginal Care Navigators and 18 FTE Aboriginal Peer Workers to link Aboriginal Australians to culturally-appropriate mental health and suicide prevention services.
Over four years, $16.5million in funding will address the increase of people diagnosed with eating disorders. The frontline workforce will be expanded to better recognise and respond to people who show signs of eating disorders. The Butterfly Foundation is also being funded to admit NSW residents to its national eating disorders centre in Wandi Nerida in Queensland.
Over one year, $3 million will be used to provide access to private beds for 12-24-year-olds experiencing complex trauma and eating disorders. This will be trialed in South Western Sydney Local Health District.
Over two years, $6million will fund the increase of caseworkers and casework managers to provide support to child protection practitioners at high risk of trauma.
Over two years, $2.6 million will help to expand Gidget Foundation’s services and access to the online Gidget Perinatal Support Centre. This will allow the foundaiton to expand Gidget House the Start Talking telehealth programs.
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:
Planning continues on this program. You can find out more about its sub-program and projects here.
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.