The Federal Government has committed an additional $12.25 million to support people in NSW to access the mental health support they need during COVID-19 restrictions.
The fear and uncertainty around the pandemic have taken its toll on many people’s mental health, meaning additional funding is required. This extra funding means a range of existing service providers will now have added capacity to help people struggling in times of need.
Similar measures have been taken in other states and territories impacted by prolonged COVID-19 outbreaks.
Minister Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt says the extra funding is a guard against the “devastating mental health impacts the virus can bring.”
“This additional mental health investment is crucial to ensuring that those in NSW can access additional support if they need it and that our services can meet increased demand and provide targeted support to those most in need,” Minister Hunt said.
The extra funding will also allow Head to Health centres extra capacity to continue providing a range of service delivery options, including video and phone support.
“The Head to Health centres in NSW will offer COVID-safe face-to-face, as well as video and phone supported mental health and assessment services, ensuring people in NSW can access the services on site or from their own homes if they’re unable to travel.” Minister Hunt said.
You can find out more about the Head to Health clinics at https://www.headtohealth.gov.au.
If you are struggling with your mental health during this pandemic, please remember that you are never alone and help is only a call away.
The team at Flourish Australia are always here to help. You can get in contact with us on 1300 779 270 to let us know how we can best support you.
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