The Victorian Government recently announced nearly $60 million in additional funding for mental health support.
The funds will help Mental Health Reform Victoria to fast-track some of the key initiatives recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System. These include the expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) program. HOPE is a follow-up and aftercare service for people who attend a hospital emergency department in crisis or following a suicide attempt. The program provides both clinical and social support to individuals and their families, carers or other personal support networks.
HOPE will be rolled out to seven new sites at Box Hill, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Monash Clayton, Heidelberg and Broadmeadows, Warrnambool and Mildura. This expansion will see the program available statewide in early 2021.
The funding also means that existing HOPE sites in Albury Wodonga and Ballarat will be able to hire more clinical and social support staff.
Mental Health Reform Victoria is also partnering with four specialist youth mental health services to develop a new child and youth HOPE service.
The child and youth HOPE care model will be developed with young people and their families, carers or other personal support networks.