A Canberra Liberals Government will commit to a $3.5 million package to deliver quality mental health services across the ACT. Our three pronged package will focus on early intervention, mental health units and staffing, Shadow Minister for Mental Health Giulia Jones said today.

“Mental health will affect almost half of the Australian population over a lifetime and it’s imperative that there’s more of a concerted focus by governments in early intervention and specialised care,” Mrs Jones said.

“Our package includes:

 $500,000 for grants to community groups that offer early intervention services for youth mental illness. These grants will aim to fill the gaps in our current mental health services. They are critical as 75% of mental illnesses manifest in people under 25. This will set more young people up for a healthy adult life.

 Supporting the completion and opening of the Secure Mental Health Facility in Symonston and the recruitment of 6 government mental health nurses to ensure those who need care most, get it.

 $3 million to support extra orderly and security staff at both the Adult Mental Health Units. We will also assess the security and orderly staffing of the new unit to ensure staff and client safety at all times.

“The Canberra Liberals recognise the impact of mental health needs on individuals, their families, those who work in the space and the wider community. This package will chart the way forward for better outcomes for clients, staff in our mental health facilities, and will equip more youth to manage their mental health better, going forward,” Mrs Jones concluded.