The Wellbeing Budget

Taking mental health seriously

Initiatives – Mental health – a new frontline service

Expanding Access and Choice of Primary Mental Health and Addiction Support

$455.1 million operating
This initiative will enhance primary mental health and addiction responses across New Zealand to expand access and choice of mental health and addiction support, in particular, for New Zealanders with mild to moderate needs. This will involve a national roll out phased over five years, which will make support available in a range of settings, including general practices, community settings, kaupapa Māori organisations, Pacific organisations and youth settings (including access to integrated therapies).

Expanding and Enhancing School Based Health Services

$19.6 million operating
This initiative improves school-based support for the health and wellbeing needs of young people by funding enhanced School Based Health Services in decile 1-4 secondary schools. This funding will also commence the roll out of School Based Health Services to publicly-funded decile 5 secondary schools, to expand service delivery and coverage.

Expanding Telehealth and Digital Supports for Mental Wellbeing

$20.8 million operating
This initiative will help people to maintain and improve their mental health and wellbeing by increasing access to mental health and addiction support over the phone and online through an expansion of telehealth and digital support.

Improving Support for People Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

$8 million operating
This funding enhances responses for people experiencing a mental health crisis or at risk of suicide.

Intensive Parenting Support: Expanding the Pregnancy and Parenting Service to Improve the Wellbeing Outcomes of Parents and Their Children

$7 million operating
This initiative expands the Pregnancy and Parenting Service to two more sites and enables delivery of an intensive outreach service for pregnant women and parents who experience problems with alcohol and other drugs, and are poorly connected to support services.

Mental Wellbeing Support for Parents and Whānau

$10 million operating
This initiative provides funding for a pilot to develop, test and evaluate enhanced support for parents and whānau who have mental health or addiction needs during pregnancy, the first two years of a child's life, or following a stillbirth.

New Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

$8 million operating
This initiative will strengthen leadership and oversight of mental health and addiction treatment in New Zealand to ensure there is sustained transformational change. This will be done through funding the establishment and operation of a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, as recommended by the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction He Ara Oranga.

Preventing Suicide and Supporting People Bereaved by Suicide

$40 million operating
This initiative provides for: tailored Māori and Pacific suicide prevention interventions; enhanced follow-up support; increased access to bereavement counselling; and improvements to information services for whānau and the media.

Promoting Wellbeing in Primary and Intermediate Schools

$2.2 million operating
This initiative helps support the mental wellbeing of children. This will be done by funding resilience-building resources available to primary and intermediate schools and teachers across the country.

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