24 April 2020

MEDIA STATEMENT

The NSW Mental Health Commission welcomes the NSW Premier’s announcement of an additional $73 Million to support mental health and wellbeing initiatives amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

The additional 180 mental health clinicians, expanded Mental Health Line and free Tresillian Family Care Centre services being offered as part of the funding package will be particularly helpful for those who are struggling. Frontline resources will make a significant difference when it comes to addressing mental health issues early.

It is important to keep people well in the community, and prevent more acute illness that needs support in hospital. These initiatives are also cost-effective. Early intervention is essential in reducing mental distress and getting the supports or clinical care when first needed.

NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey said that these initiatives position New South Wales to better manage mental distress and declining mental health that may arise due to the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, they provide a great foundation to build upon for future reforms to improve the overall mental health and wellbeing of the people of NSW.

“Everyone knows about the health and economic impacts of this crisis, but it’s important to keep a close eye on mental health impacts as well,” Ms Lourey said.

“The initiatives announced by the Premier maximise the chances that the right supports will get to the right people at the right time.”

The Commission is also working on additional initiatives that will help people in the community at this time of unusual challenges.

Visit the NSW Government news page for more information:
https://www.nsw.gov.au/news/73-million-to-support-mental-wellness-during-covid-19-pandemic

ENDS

Interviews available with NSW Mental Health Commissioner, Catherine Lourey

Media enquiries
Joanna Durney | joanna.durney@mhc.nsw.gov.au | M: 0438 769 185

Any community members who are concerned about their own or a loved one’s mental health are encouraged to speak with trusted support services such as a family GP. Alternatively, find local services via Wayahead’s NSW Mental Health Service Directory  or call one of the following support lines:
NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

About the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales
The Mental Health Commission of NSW was established under the Mental Health Commission Act 2012 and came into operation on 1 July 2012. The Commission is an independent statutory authority established with the purpose of monitoring, reviewing and improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people of NSW. In all its work the Commission aims to reflect the experience of people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups.
 

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Last updated: 24 April 2020