WayAhead CEO, Elizabeth Priestley today commented on the 2016 – 2017 NSW Mental Health Budget.
“WayAhead support the extra $106 million allocated to mental health services for the next financial year, particularly in relationship to increased funding for eating disorders, treatment for borderline personality disorder and for older persons mental health.”
“However, Anxiety Disorders affect 1 in 7 people in Australia, making them even more common than depression. What we are disappointed about is the poor recognition and awareness of the significant effects anxiety disorders have on the daily lives of people with the disorders who also make up a substantial percentage of mental health consumers.
We are also disappointed that there is little financial support given to programs working in prevention and early intervention across the lifespan, from young to old”.
NSW Government’s Mental Health Budget Fact Sheet
Read the NSW Government 2016 – 2017 Mental Health Budget Fact Sheet here
WayAhead’s Anxiety Program
WayAhead’s Anxiety program provides the following programs to inform and support the community in regard to Anxiety Disorders.
Anxiety Disorders Support and Information line – 1300 794 99
Anxiety Disorders Support Groups – WayAhead run over 40 free Anxiety Support Groups throughout NSW.
Self-help Groups – free 12 week CBT programs for Anxiety Disorders
Small Steps – Anxiety Awareness seminars for Primary School parents and teachers
Understanding Anxiety Forums – free educational forums running throughout regional NSW
Understanding Anxiety Website – expert information on Anxiety Disorders