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The Federal Government is acutely aware of the need to provide support for the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians.
The Federal Government is funding and bolstering the capacity of mental health support providers including Lifeline and for Kids Helpline who have experienced an unprecedented surge in call volumes.
Funding is also being provided to train volunteer visitors, to connect with older Australians in aged care to assist them keep in touch with loved ones.
The Government’s digital mental health portal Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au) will be a single source of authoritative information and guidance on how to maintain good mental health how to access mental health services and care.
Funding has also been made available for a dedicated coronavirus wellbeing support line 1800 512 348 delivered by Beyond Blue.
In addition, the Queensland State Government announced yesterday a $28 million fund to support Queensland’s community-based health service groups. The support measures have been developed in consultation with peak industry bodies including the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies, the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council and Queensland Mental Health Commission.
It complements Australian Government national primary health packages by supporting existing NGO service providers delivering public healthcare to meet local community health needs in Queensland.