The Liberal National Government will a invest a further $47 million to continue to support the mental wellbeing of young Australians through headspace with a new youth mental health ambassadors project and funding for its head office.
About 560,000 Australian children and adolescents are estimated to have a mental illness and one in four young Australians aged 16 to 24 experience mental illness in any given year.
Three quarters of all mental illness manifests in people under the age of 25 so intervention early in life and at an early stage of illness can reduce the duration and impact of mental illness
The Government will also be guaranteeing a stable future for headspace centreb y expanding the role of headspace National in providing support to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) with commissioning of headspace services throughout Australia.
It’s well known that mental health is an issue that is very close to my heart.I am committed to ensuring that Australians can get information, advice,understanding, counselling and treatment, when and where they need it.
I want our young people to know they are not alone on their journey, and that headspace is there to deliver quality frontline support and coordinate the right interventions for people who are at risk.
Today’s announcement demonstrates our Government’s commitment to supporting young Australians living with a mental health condition and builds on recent significant funding we have already provided for headspace.
Only last month we announced $110 million for a number of headspace centres around the country to provide specialist clinical services for young people atthe early stages of severe mental illness.
In October last year we committed $51.8 million to headspace centres and eheadspace to ensure more frontline services can be provided to young people in need.
This latest funding boost bring our total investment in headspace to more than$208 million since October last year.
The Liberal National Government is prioritising better mental health for all Australians with a record $4.7 billion expected to be spent on mental health this financial year alone.
Our Government’s strong economic management ensures we continue to invest record amounts of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.