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Statement From The Minister Of Health

The below is attributable to a spokesperson for the Minister for Health.

The below is attributable to a spokesperson for the Minister for Health.

Providing greater support for all Australians needing mental health and suicide prevention services is a key priority of the Morrison Government.

Almost 4 million Australians suffer from some form or chronic or episodic mental illness each year, and 50% of us will face a mental health challenge in our lives. This has an incredible and devastating impact on individuals, families, and our communities.

Our Government is committed to taking all necessary action to ensure that Australian families, communities, and those facing challenges get the support they need.

We have made mental health one of the four key pillars of the health system and have dramatically boosted funding for mental health support.

In 2019-20, the total expenditure for mental health is estimated to be $5.3 billion.

The Morrison Government is providing funding to the 31 PHNs of over $1.45 billion over three years (from 2019-20 to 2021-22) to plan and commission regionally appropriate mental health and suicide prevention services.

In the 2019-20 Budget the Government has invested an additional $736.6 million to boost mental health services, in particular $503.1 million for youth mental health and suicide prevention; and $275.5 million for community mental health.

We know that addressing the challenge of mental illness is one that requires coordinated effort from all Governments. That is why, despite acute mental health services being the responsibility of states and territories, we have committed to working across jurisdictions to improve the capacity of front line services, build connectedness, support better system navigation, identify gaps, and deliver better integrated services.

In addition, the Commonwealth has committed record funding to public hospitals including for in-patient mental health services for those in acute need – supporting states and territories to deliver mental health care.

This is helping ensure that people are able to access the right services at the right time, wherever they are.

But, we know that there is more to be done, and we have a long-term plan to achieve it.

We are undertaking a number of reviews of the mental health system to help guide us on what improvements can be made, and how we can deliver better prevention, treatment and recovery.

This unprecedented investment in, and transformation of, the mental health system is ensuring that all Australians have access to comprehensive care now and in the future.