Australia Government gives mental health $110m boost

04:21  08 january  2018
04:21  08 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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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.

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"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).

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The cost of private health insurance is set to rise once again, with the average family to be out an extra $200 a year from April. The increase is the smallest rise in almost two decades, but remains well above the rate of inflation, meaning most families will have to tighten the family budget or drop out of coverage.“We need better value in those products before we can talk about any increase,” Australian Medical Association (AMA) Vice-President Tony Bartone said.

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