The government has launched a new website to help link people with immediate mental health support and resources
HeadtoHealth.gov.au has gone live, timed to mark the beginning of Mental Health Week in Australia and World Mental Health Day (October 10).
It provides access to:
- Australian mental health services and resources;
- Digital resources (websites; free or low-cost apps and programs; online forums; phone, chat and email contacts);
- “Sam the Chatbot”, a digital tool to help point website visitors in the right direction;
- A list of phone and webchat contacts visitors can use to get immediate support;
- Advice on how to support someone else; and
- Information sections on meaningful life, mental health difficulties,supporting yourself, and supporting someone else.
“Evidence shows that for many people, digital interventions can be as effective as face-to-face services,
says Health Minister Greg Hunt.
“Head to Health provides a one-stop shop for services and resources delivered by some of Australia’s most trusted mental health service providers.
“It provides a place where people can access support and information before they reach crisis,” says Minister Hunt.
“And it will continue to grow with additional services, a telephone support service to support website users, and further support for health professionals to meet the needs of their patients.”
The digital gateway is part of the Federal Government’s $4 billion annual investment into mental health.
Other initiatives have included:
- $43 million in funding for national suicide prevention leadership and support activity to organisations across Australia such as R U OK?, Suicide Prevention Australia and Mindframe.
- $92.6 million in funding for the headspace program to improve access for young people aged 12–25 years who have, or are at risk of, mental illness.
- $52.6 million funding to beyondblue, which will partner with headspace and Early Childhood Australia to provide tools for teachers to support kids with mental health concerns and provide resources to help students deal with challenges.