Kyabram Free Press

Vic’s $22m mental health investment

- By Nicole Thomson

Twenty pop-up community mental health services will be funded through a $22 million investment by the Victorian Government to deliver fast-tracked and tailored mental health care.

An investment of $13.3million will deliver 20 pop-up community mental health services with around 90 dedicated clinicians providing support to Victorians.

The pop-up centres, to be delivered by trusted community health providers such as Mind, cohealth and EACH, will open progressiv­ely from the end of September across Melbourne and regional Victoria, with a dedicated triage and referral hotline and website to be establishe­d in the coming days so people can start booking appointmen­ts.

The package includes dedicated support for specific groups that may be at higher risk of isolation or mental health concerns as a result of the pandemic.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are less likely to engage early with mainstream mental health services will receive $4 million in support for Aboriginal community-controlled organisati­ons to self-determine the best, most culturally appropriat­e response to the mental health and wellbeing needs of their local communitie­s.

An investment of $1million will expand the Triple P parenting programs, supporting more than 20,000 families whose children are experienci­ng anxiety, while $1.2 million will boost the capacity of peak LGBTI+ community organisati­ons.

A further $1 million will support the mental health workforce to better respond to patients presenting with trauma, and $1.5 million will allow the Royal Children's Hospital, Vichealth, and key partners to better support the most vulnerable groups of children and young people.

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