Mental health support when it's needed most

This pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of Victorians – and revealed the very deep cracks in our mental health system.

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This Budget invests $869 million to ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system.

This includes $605 million to start implementing the Royal Commission into Mental Health’s interim report findings and recommendations, including:

More acute mental health beds

An investment of $492 million to build 120 more acute mental health beds in Geelong, Epping, Sunshine and Melbourne. This is an addition to the 24 beds announced earlier this year bringing the total to 144.

Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service

$21 million to deliver the statewide expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service, with individual, intensive and one-on-one support for Victorians as they rebuild their lives.

More acute treatment beds

$19 million for 35 acute treatment beds for public mental health patients in private health services.

Supporting Victorians with lived experience

$16 million to support Victorians with lived experience of mental illness use their personal expertise to improve our mental health system.

Residential mental health service

$8.7 million to establish Victoria’s first residential mental health service designed by people with lived experience and their families and carers.

Addressing workforce shortages

$7.7 million to address workforce shortages in the mental health sector and support future expansion of the workforce.

Aboriginal wellbeing programs

$4.4 million to continue support for Aboriginal wellbeing programs and commence design to establish a new Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Centre.

Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health

$2.2 million to establish the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health, which will bring together people with lived experience, researchers, and medical staff to improve our State’s mental health support.

This Budget also includes $26 million to meet critical demand, funding extra inpatient beds and increased access to community mental health services. A further $3.9 million will provide mental health and wellbeing support for asylum seekers.

Promoting pathways into employment

As the demand for mental health services grows, so too does the need for highly qualified professions. To support Victorians who want to join the workforce, this Budget provides $13 million to promote pathways into employment, including scholarships and mentoring.

Media release

Putting The Mental Health Of Victorians First

Reviewed 24 November 2020


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