I am proud to announce that mental health facilities at Sutherland Hospital will benefit from almost $500,000 in funding as part of a NSW Government investment to upgrade mental health infrastructure in NSW.

Sutherland Hospital Acute Unit will receive $496,000 to build a new multipurpose room, replace bedroom and bathroom doors and to purchase equipment to enhance the mental health unit.

Well-designed physical spaces in acute mental health units help dignify our mental health consumers by meeting their needs for recovery, security, and connection.

This funding will create therapeutic environments to support person centred care that responds to past trauma, focusing on individual recovery.

Projects were funded after a partnership of Local Health Districts (LHDs) working with consumers and carers.

LHDs and specialty networks have received a share of $20 million to make important improvements, the first initiative of the NSW Government’s $700 million Mental Health Infrastructure program.

This is part of the NSW Government’s long term plan to help our mental health facilities refresh their physical environment so they support modern care models.

The $20 million investment is focused on delivering immediate benefits to help reduce, and where possible eliminate, the use of seclusion and restraint in NSW acute mental health facilities.

This funding is in addition to this year’s record $2.1 billion State Budget for mental health services. Planning continues for the remainder of the $700 million state wide Mental Health Infrastructure Program, with a focus on enhancing specialist services.

If you or someone you know needs crisis support please call Lifeline 13 11 14. For local mental health services phone NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.