The Coalition government’s election policies included major funding for mental health. Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated he had budgeted and committed funding for:
- $263.3 million for Headspace;
- $114.5 million for eight adult mental health centres;
- $70 million for eating disorder treatment facilities and national coordination for eating disorders treatment;
- $43.9 million for perinatal mental health;
- $15 million to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for improved data on self-harm and suicide;
- $11.5 million to the National Mental Health Commission for the National Mental Health Workplace initiative.
- $19.6 million towards the Indigenous advancement strategy to prevent youth suicide, and the creation of a new position of special adviser for suicide prevention.
After the Coalition secured the 2019 Federal Election win, public health nurse Shirley Jones spoke to D*Scribe about what this funding means for mental health workers on the ground.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing a mental health problem you can seek help here:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
- MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36
- Headspace 1800 650 890
- QLife 1800 184 527