Everymind strongly welcomes today’s announcement from the Federal Government of a $48.1 million injection into support for mental health as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This news comes as the National Cabinet has confirmed its endorsement of the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan.
The investment will focus on three areas including improving research and real-time data on the mental health impact of COVID-19, supporting accessible services for vulnerable groups.
It will also include the roll out of a national campaign, “It’s ok, to not be ok” to encourage help-seeking, increased support for mental health and wellbeing and connection to appropriate services.
According to Everymind Acting Director, Associate Professor Carmel Loughland this national commitment reflects just how important it is to deliver a unified approach to the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide nationally.
“This significant investment in the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians along with national campaign, “It’s ok not to be ok” will be an important measure in helping Australians to identify if they or someone they care for may need support and how it can be accessed,” Associate Professor Loughand said.
“People need to know that it is ok to not be ok and that there is support for those struggling whether it be emotional, financial or other challenges.
“Everymind welcomes this announcement and the important steps towards unifying a national approach to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians.”
Read the Federal Government’s media statement here.
Read the media release from the National Mental Health Commission here.
For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 support services, visit the Life in Mind website.