Government Funding for Youth Mental Health

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The prime minister will announce money to expand a scheme helping the one in four Australians aged 16 to 24 who experience mental illness.

It’s a number Scott Morrison hopes to tackle head on when he unveils a new $2.8-million boost to the Batyr Youth Mental Health program.

The initiative aims to break the stigma of depression.

The money would be spent expanding the organisation’s online presence.

It comes on top of $500 million already committed to suicide prevention by the government.

Meanwhile, Lifeline Australia is hoping the launch of a new podcast series will help challenge the stigma of suicide.

Participants featured in the “Holding on to Hope” series tell real-life stories of how they tackled the issue.

Lifeline Australia chief executive Collin Seery says the podcast will feature a diverse range of individuals.

“Elite athletes, people with workplace stress, a young woman who had post natal depression, a returned serviceman – people that we can all relate to – and their stories about how they did work their way through those really challenging times: who they reached out to, tools and activities that they did to move forward,” Mr Seery says.

Anyone needing help can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14; if life is in danger, contact 000.


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