More mental health care for Canberrans


More mental health care for Canberrans

The ACT Government is growing mental health services so that more Canberrans can access specialised care when they or their loved ones are in need of support.

The 2018 Budget will deliver new supported accommodation options for people with complex mental health needs, as well as a boost to target services that support teenagers, older Canberrans and those transitioning out of the justice system.

This will see our investment in mental health services for the Canberra community grow to $157 million in 2018-19.

More supported accommodation for those experiencing mental illness

The ACT Government is delivering more supported accommodation places across the spectrum of care, ensuring we have the right type of supports in place to meet different mental health needs. The Government will provide $22.8 million over four years for new supported accommodation, which comprises $12.2 million for infrastructure costs and a further $10.7 million to manage and run the facilities. This includes:

More specialist mental healthcare services

The 2018 Budget will invest in more specialist, community-based mental health services addressing prevention and treatment through to recovery and ongoing support. This includes:

This new investment in mental health accommodation and support services will significantly boost the mental health care Canberrans can access when they or their loved ones are in crisis.


Media contact: Lisa Wills     0481 035 764     lisa.wills@act.gov.au