And if we haven’t experienced it directly, it’s the experience of someone we love – a parent, a partner, a child or a mate.
Yet, for far too long, that suffering just wasn’t being taken seriously enough. People were either ‘not sick enough’ for help, or ‘too sick’ to treat outside a hospital.
And when you reach out and ask for support – there simply aren't enough professionals to help.
It’s why we established the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and it’s why we are delivering the biggest social reform in a generation: building our mental health system – from the ground up.
Last Budget began that work with $869 million, then the single biggest investment in mental health Victoria had ever seen.
Now we’re delivering a record $3.8 billion investment to truly transform the way mental health and wellbeing support is offered in our state.
Implementing the Royal Commission's recommendations will take a decade or more of reform. But this year's Budget delivers a massive investment – and a massive next step – in delivering on the recommendations of the Commission.
Key investments delivered in this Budget include:
- $954 million to deliver community-based care, providing health and wellbeing support for Victorians wherever they live
- $370 million to improve access to mental health beds and better acute care for Victorians living with mental illness
- $264 million for new local services for adults and older adults – providing early care where people live
- $196 million to support a dedicated system for infants, children and families
- $173 million for suicide prevention and response – to continue our support for 13 Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) sites including four new sites for youth across Victoria
- $116 million to support the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians, including funding for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.
Together, these investments will also support 3,000 jobs – ensuring Victorians can access care, where and when it's needed.
Reviewed 20 May 2021