The State’s highest ever investment in suicide prevention and mental health
services will help vulnerable
members of our community as a result of the 2019-2020 NSW Budget.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet
and Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor today announced the NSW
Government will invest $19.7 million in the first stage of a three-year, record
$90 million commitment to improve mental health services.
Mr Perrottet said this funding comes
on top of a record investment of $2.1 billion
in mental health
services and infrastructure funding
in the 2018 Budget, as well as the announcement of a $700 million State Wide
Mental Health Infrastructure Program.
“Suicide prevention is
everybody’s business, and our vision is that everyone in NSW lives with hope,
wellbeing and good health, with far fewer lives lost to suicide. We expect this
investment to have the biggest impact on suicide prevention that NSW has ever
seen,” Mr Perrottet said.
Mrs Taylor said an
additional $23 million will also expand the capacity of Lifeline and Kids
Helpline over four years.
“This Budget will support a
range of initiatives targeted at providing communities with the most effective
tools so they have the strength, resilience and capacity to prevent and respond
to members of our community struggling with mental health issues,” Mrs Taylor
“The $700 million investment
in mental health infrastructure across the State will deliver more specialist
beds for children, mothers and their babies
and older persons
and up to 230 new community-based beds to help people who experience mental
illness live independently.
“Increasing the capacity of the mental
health workforce also remains a priority for the NSW Government,”
Mrs Taylor said.
The NSW Government’s
commitment of $9.4 million over four years will hire extra mental health nurses
for specialist mental health units and more mental health workers to improve
access to psychological help for drought sufferers and victims / survivors of
domestic violence in rural and regional areas of NSW.
The Government is building specialised beds for mothers
and their babies
at Westmead and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals, allowing new
mothers who need a hospital
admission for mental health issues to stay with their baby. In addition, a
child and adolescent mental health unit will be built at Nepean Hospital.