The Florey welcomes Government’s funding for COVID-19 mental health support

The Florey welcomes new funding to mental health services announced by the Australian Government as part of a support package to alleviate the impact of COVID-19.

$74 million will support a dedicated coronavirus wellbeing support line, a new digital mental health portal and a boost to crisis support services, among other initiatives.

Professor Steve Petrou, Director of The Florey, commended the Federal Government on the funding.

“I congratulate the government for showing leadership by recognising and prioritising mental health in its response to the COVID-19 crisis we are facing today. At this time when we are all focused on our health, the Government’s acknowledgment that mental health is a critical component of overall well-being sends a strong message to our community,” he said.

“As an institute committed to research of the brain and mind, we understand the long-term impact the current COVID-19 situation may have on people. To those who may be struggling or finding this difficult, I urge you to reach out to your GP, psychologist or other health care professional for a conversation. You are not in this alone.”

The Australian Government is the first in the world to announce a specific mental health support program in response to COVID. Professor Petrou said the investment in care services is a much-needed immediate measure and encouraged Government to continue their support of research which can play a transformative role in our understanding and ability to prevent and treat mental illnesses.

“Australia has a unique ecosystem of high-quality mental health service researchers, service providers, clinicians and dedicated community members. Partnerships and collaboration across all areas of the mental health system can play an important role in improving outcomes for the people affected.”

The full announcement on the mental health support package was made by the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison and can be accessed on the Government’s website.

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