Victoria announces additional mental health funding

Victoria announces additional mental health funding



Victoria’s Deputy Premier James Merlino has announced a further $5.68 million for dedicated mental health services.

“This will boost capacity to support some of Victoria ‘s most vulnerable members of our community and will mean more world-class clinical consultation and advice for our whole mental health workforce across the state, meaning better mental healthcare for everyone,” Mr Merlino said.

This comes as the state prepares to exit lockdown at midnight.

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NSW government invest $130 million into mental health support

NSW government invest $130 million into mental health support



NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a $130 million support package for mental health as part of the government’s broader economic recovery plan amid the COVID pandemic.

“In many ways mental health is the untold story of this pandemic, Mr Perrottet said at a media conference on Sunday.

“For many people this has been a very difficult time.”

“This investment today … will provide more services, more beds, more counsellors, will ensure more appointments right across the state to give people who need help and assistance that extra bit of support.

“We don’t want anyone to slip through the cracks.”

Mr Perrottet also announced that Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students will return to school classrooms on Monday.

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Victoria launches 'mental health menu' for schools

Victoria launches 'mental health menu' for schools



Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino has announced the state government is launching a “mental health menu” for schools which will see increased support for the mental health of students.

He said in May the government committed $200 million towards the issue of mental health in schools.

“It will be the absolute focus as students return to face-to-face teaching through the course of the next couple of weeks,” Mr Merlino said at a media conference on Thursday.

He said government schools will be able to choose from a range of initiatives which best suit their students’ needs, and there will be three tiers.

“Tier one – positive mental health promotion, and that includes initiatives like mental health first aid training, positive education and therapy dogs.

“Tier two – early intervention and cohort-specific initiatives – so things like cross-cultural responsiveness training or trauma-informed care.

“Tier three – targeted support for those experiencing mental health issues – so direct, additional mental health professionals working in our schools.”

He said the mental health royal commission recommended the fund be prioritised for rural and regional schools and therefore the initiative will begin in these schools in 2022, with metropolitan Melbourne to follow in subsequent years.

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Ten mental health pop up clinics to be rolled out in Sydney this week

Ten mental health pop up clinics to be rolled out in Sydney this week



Mental health clinics are expected to be rolled out across Greater Sydney to aid in the crisis NSW is facing due to lockdown taking a mental toll on citizens lives.

Ten are to be propped up this week and the federal government head and health units say it will be similar to the clinics used during Victoria’s second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

Year 11 and 12 learning from home will be granted vital access as hospital presentations of teenagers have surged.

The clinics will be rolled out in Lakemba, Hurstville, Tuggerah, Kingswood, Thornleigh, Shellharbour, Blacktown, Paramatta, Bankstown, and Liverpool.

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