McIvor Times

More support for youth mental health in Victoria

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Targeted mental health support for Victorians during the pandemic has included $12 million to bolster the capacity of Beyond Blue, Lifeline and Kids Helpline, and support headspace outreach services. An additional $31.9 million was also provided last year during Victoria’s extended lockdown to establish 15 HeadtoHelp mental health clinics across Victoria and to further enhance digital and phone services for vulnerable groups.

The Commonweal­th Government continues to make mental health a national priority, investing a record $2.3 billion in the 2021-22 Budget for the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan to lead landmark reform of the mental health system. This includes a record $6.5 billion in mental health and suicide prevention services and supports in 202122, doubling since 2012-13.

• Australian­s looking for support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic can access the Beyond Blue Coronaviru­s Wellbeing Support Service anytime via telephone at 1800 512 348 or online at https://coronaviru­s.beyondblue.org.au/

• Anyone experienci­ng distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health at https://www.headtoheal­th.gov.au/

• If you are concerned about suicide, living with someone who is considerin­g suicide, or bereaved by suicide, the Suicide Call Back Service is available at 1300 659 467 or www. suicidecal­lbackservi­ce.org.au

• HeadtoHelp supports Victorians of all ages. If your mental health is suffering because of the current pandemic, call HeadtoHelp now on 1800 595 212.

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