The Liberal Government is committed to improving mental health services in Tasmania.

In line with our election commitment, we are investing $300,000 over four years to increase grassroots mental health support and community participation through Neighbourhood Houses.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been advertised today calling for submissions from organisations to provide support and capacity building activities with staff and volunteers at the 34 Neighbourhood Houses across Tasmania.

We recognise that Neighbourhood Houses are the lifeblood of many communities, and are aiming to identify an organisation that can work onsite with Neighbourhood Houses and their communities to build a better and more effective response for people experiencing mental health issues.

This initiative is part of the Government’s commitment to improve grassroots mental health support and is one element of the Long Term Plan for Mental Health in Tasmania.

Our Long Term Plan for Mental Health in Tasmania recognises that it is time for a new approach to deliver a seamless and integrated mental health system that provides end-to-end care, that offers support in the right place, at the right time, and with clear signposts about where and how to get help.

Working with Neighbourhood Houses to build their capacity to provide support to people experiencing mental health issues will help to increase community understanding of mental illness leading to reduced stigma, and ensure those experiencing distress feel welcomed and supported by their community.

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