As part of our over $4 billion annual investment in mental health, the Turnbull Government is today launching our new digital mental health gateway — Head to Health.
Head to Health is an essential tool for the one in five working age Australians who will experience a mental illness each year.
The website helps people take control of their mental health in a way they are most comfortable with and can complement face-to-face therapies.
Evidence shows that for many people, digital interventions can be as effective as face-to-face services.
Head to Health provides a one-stop shop for services and resources delivered by some of Australia’s most trusted mental health service providers.
They include free or low-cost apps, online support communities, online courses and phone services.
Head to Health provides a place where people can access support and information before they reach crisis.
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.
I encourage not only people seeking help and support, but anyone wanting to learn more on how to maintain good mental health wellbeing, to visit the website at: www.headtohealth.gov.au.
The Turnbull Government supports the need for a long term shift in mental health care towards early intervention, and the Head to Health gateway will help with this.
We have recently announced $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.
This year we are investing $92.6 million in the headspace program to improve access for young people aged 12–25 years who have, or are at risk of, mental illness.
In addition, we have provided $52.6 million 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.
Digital mental health services are an important part of national mental health reform and have been identified in the recently endorsed Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
Building a digital mental health gateway was a key part of the Government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programs and Services.