An additional $20million per year will be invested in clinical mental health services in Victoria to meet the growing demand.
The Victorian Government funding is in addition to the $325.7million invested in the 2017-18 budget, and will provide an estimated 50000 additional community mental health service hours.
It is expected that one in five Victorians will seek support for mental health at some stage.
‘‘Not only will this funding mean more people are treated sooner, it will keep our community safer by ensuring Victorians can get the help they need to get well, stay well and keep out of trouble,’’ Health Minister Martin Foley said.
The additional investment will provide $16.5million for people aged 16 to 64 years, while $3million will also be provided for targeted support for those aged above 65.