In August 2020, the Victorian Government announced an additional $60 million in funding for mental health support, which will help fast-track delivery of key services including new public mental health beds.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit hard for many people, including those living with mental ill health. Its impacts have also led many Victorians to seek mental health support for the first time.

The new funding from the Victorian Government will help Mental Health Reform Victoria and our partners fast-track some key initiatives recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.

The Royal Commission recommended 170 new youth and adult public mental health beds, and that the beds be located in Melbourne's north-west and Barwon regions. The funding will allow the building team to begin scoping locations, purchasing land and start the design work for the new facilities months ahead of schedule.

The Royal Commission recommended that the new beds should be designed with people who have lived experience of the mental health system, and their families and carers. The funding supports area mental health services to engage with consumers, carers and the mental health workforce about how the new facilities can best enhance care and recovery.

Victorians will also see a faster roll-out of the new mental health 'Hospital in the Home' service. This innovative service provides access to 24-hour acute clinical care and social support for a person and their family or carers in the person's home.

Barwon Health will provide the mental health Hospital in the Home service to adults in their region. Melbourne Health and Orygen will deliver a service for young people in Melbourne's north-west.

These fast-tracked services will help more Victorians access support if and when they need it.

Find out more about how Mental Health Reform Victoria is supporting the delivery of new public mental health beds.