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National: $190m mental health boost announced ahead of 2022 budget

2:00pm on 18 May 2022

By Jessica Hopkins 

The government has revealed that $190m will be put towards mental health services in a pre-budget funding announcement. 

The $100m funding boost will be spread across four years, a specialist mental health and addiction package, including $27.45m for mental health crisis services, $18.7m for existing specialist child and adolescent mental health and addiction services and $10m for specialist workforce development.

Another $90m has been dedicated to expanding the in-school mental health and wellbeing programme, Mana Ake, across Aotearoa. 

Mental Health Foundation CEO Shaun Robinson says that while progress has been made since the 2019 budget, the latest injection of funds covers only about half of what is needed to catch up on years of under-funding. 

​Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air.