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Community wellbeing the focus for Mental Health Week

This week marks National Mental Health Week, held to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October. Mental Health Week provides the opportunity to promote social and emotional wellbeing in the community, encourages people to maximise their health potential, coping capacity and increase mental health recovery through education and connection to resources.

In the Territory mental health has received a much needed boost with news that this financial year the Territory Government allocated an additional $3 million funding specifically to enhance mental health services.

As part of the funding for new mental health services a range of positions have been created across the Territory and are currently being recruited to in mental health services, including:

In addition to these new positions, $150 000 has been set aside as a contribution towards a new Headspace service in Katherine. A letter of support has been sent to the Australian Government’s Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, outlining this Government’s support for the establishment of the Headspace service in Katherine.

Northern Territory Minister for Health John Elferink said “There is much to be done but these efforts will hopefully go a long way in addressing the needs of those with mental health issues across the Territory.

“I look forward to providing the people of the Northern Territory, who access and deliver mental health services, a much needed boost.”

The creation of new positions and additional services will provide support towards achieving outcomes identified in the recently released NT Mental Health Services Strategic Plan 2015 -2021 and the NT Suicide Prevention Strategic Action Plan 2015 - 2018.

To view a full calendar of Mental Health Week events visit

Media Contact: Dimitra Grehl 0439 640 895