Commonwealth & NT to invest $43Mn to develop mental health services

In a landmark bilateral agreement signed between the Northern Territory governments and Commonwealth, an investment of nearly $43 million will be done for suicide prevention support and mental health support throughout the Northern territory in the upcoming five years.

As per credible reports, the Commonwealth will invest nearly $30.65 million along with an investment of $13.25 million from the Territory to provide mental health care services where they are most required.

The provision of mental health solutions, particularly for the people in the group ‘missing middle’ and suicide prevention services, will be set up.

Apparently, the funding will be bifurcated into $15.4 million for setting up two new Head to Health mental health satellite clinical centers for adults along with $9.1 million for a Kids Hub to improvise access to multidisciplinary team care to kids.

This will also include $5.7 million investment for the enhancement of 2 headspace centers to augment access to multidisciplinary youth mental health solutions.

Additionally, $9.3 million to set up universal aftercare services in which all the territorians released from the hospital after a suicide attempt will get immediate follow up. $1.3 million of the investment will be made to ensure that people in the territory affected by suicide can have access to postvention help services and $3 million to aid in perinatal mental health screening.

According to sources, the announcement adds upon the $50 million which has already been invested in mental health by the Commonwealth in the last years which are $30 million for an eighteen-bed inpatient center at the Royal Darwin Hospital and $20 million for the casuarina Head to Health Center.

Greg Hunt, Minister, Aged Care and Health, stated that the agreement will make sure that the Territorians have access to mental heath backup whenever and wherever they need.  

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