Thursday, 11 June 2020
Media release

$11.5 million in mental health grants to support emergency services workers affected by the bushfires

The Australian Government is investing $11.5 million in mental health services to support emergency services workers and their families impacted by the unprecedented bushfire disaster of 2019-20.

The funding is part of more than $100 million committed by the Government towards mental health support for emergency personnel, individuals and communities impacted by the Black Summer bushfires.

The grant funding will be provided directly to specialist and reputable support organisations, Black Dog Institute and Fortem Australia Limited, to deliver mental health support directly to emergency services workers and their families.

This funding is designed to complement existing State and Territory measures which assist Emergency Service workers in managing their mental health.

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said ensuring quality mental health care and support for those impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires is a priority for the Government.

“Our emergency services workers faced extremely challenging and dangerous situations, Minister Littleproud said.

“Providing this $11.5 million in grants to specialist support organisations will ensure post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health support services can be delivered to them and their families.

“PTSD is one of the most prevalent injuries suffered by those who have faced such destructive events, yet some are reluctant to seek support.

“Establishing a support and mental health literacy network will encourage individuals in the emergency services sector to connect, talk, and seek help.

“The network will also connect those in need of clinical services in relation to PTSD, suicide and other mental health issues.

“Investing in the best mental health outcomes is critical to providing the care our emergency services workers have earned and deserve.”