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Federal election 2022: Morrison Government pledges $35m for mental well being, suicide prevention

The Morrison Government is making mental health and suicide prevention support in WA a major focus of the election campaign.

Health Minister Greg Hunt and Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister David Coleman will on Sunday pledge $35.1 million to expand services across the State over the next five years if the Coalition wins the May 21 poll.

The WA Government will also pitch in more than $26.5 million — making the total funding $61.6 million.

The agreement between the Federal and State governments will see the delivery of new support for children, help for people after a suicide attempt and new eating disorder services in WA.

Close to 200 West Australians are being admitted to hospital with mental health issues every day due to heightened levels of anxiety.

It comes after The West Australian revealed last month that close to 200 West Australians are being admitted to hospital with mental health issues every day due to heightened levels of anxiety.

According to WA Health, 154,280 people in the State turned to mental health services in the first 59 days of this year.

“This landmark partnership between the Commonwealth and WA will have a significant impact on the lives of many Australians across the State, including young Australians and children, who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Hunt said.

“It will help save lives and protect lives.”

Almost half of all Australians experience mental health issues in their lifetime, and around one in five people will experience a mental or behavioural condition each year.

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