The NSW Government will invest a record $2.4 billion into mental health services this year to continue to support people across the State as part of the 2020-21 NSW Budget.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the funding would ensure quality services were available for the people of NSW.
"This record Budget will allow a range of initiatives to support mental health and wellbeing right across the state," Mr Perrottet said.
"We want to ensure that people doing it tough continue to have access to timely, worldclass care no matter where they live.
"The NSW Government is committed to building a better NSW, which is only possible by investing in our people and our future."
Mrs Taylor said that in an extraordinarily challenging year with drought, bushfires and the pandemic, it had been vital that mental health care remain at the forefront of the Budget.
"This record budget will provide care at every point in someone's struggle with mental health, whether it be general wellbeing, prevention of a mental illness, right through to major crisis," Mrs Taylor said.
"The Budget delivers ground-breaking, innovative programs looking at different models of care and early intervention, such as the school wellbeing nurses program.
"If we can give a Year 8 student who is feeling overwhelmed the right skills and tools to cope during tough times, then we build their resilience and hopefully avoid a mental health issue developing.
"We are investing in evidence-based programs like the ground-breaking PACER model, which embeds mental health experts with police and ambulance workers and allows them to provide advice and more appropriate care at the scene."
Key highlights in the mental health budget include: