Yesterday the Australian Government announced that more than $43 million will be in invested into mental health and suicide prevention support services across the NT over the next five years.
With the NT having complex and different mental health needs to other jurisdictions, including a significant Indigenous population many who are at a higher risk of mental health illness and suicide than the non-Indigenous population, this funding will be critical in meeting local needs.
Given we are funded by the Australian Government, we expect to receive approximately $30 million to help commission and support providers to deliver and develop mental health and suicide prevention services to Territorians.
We will work closely with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and non-Government organisations to ensure services are culturally appropriate to improve the mental health of the NT community.
Initiatives that fall under the funding include an extension of Darwin’s new Head to Health centre, which will receive two satellite clinics as well as the development of a Head to Health Kids Hub to improve access to multidisciplinary team care to children.
Headspace will receive funding to enhance two of its centres with more staff and resources to help reduce wait times and support youth mental health.
Aftercare services are also high on the priority list with funding going towards services for those discharged from hospital following a suicide attempt and people who are bereaved by suicide.
The funding is a bilateral agreement between the Australian Government and Northern Territory with the Australian Government investing $30.65 million, and the Territory investing $13.25 million.