Government reportedly set to announce $110m mental health boost

Health Minister Greg Hunt Source: AAP

News Corp Australia reports that the Turnbull government is set to announce a $110 million funding boost aimed at fighting youth anxiety and depression.

The Turnbull government is set to announce a $110 million package to fight anxiety and depression among young people.

News Corp Australia publications report that the package, to be announced on Monday, will include a $46 million boost for beyondblue's education drive. Teachers will be given advice to identify mental health issues in the classroom.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said mental health was an important issue which touched Australians of all ages.

"Keeping children and young people healthy and happy is good for them, their families and for the broader community," he told Melbourne's Herald Sun.

"These positive initiatives will help schools and communities to support the wellbeing and mental health of our kids and respond rapidly to personal and community challenges."

Other organisations to benefit from funding increases include Emerging Minds, headspace, ReachOut, Kids Helpline and Orygen.

Australian readers seeking support and information about depression can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25).

Source: AAP - SBS

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