June 11, 2019
The State Government had budgeted to spend $6.9 million over four years to tackle mental health issues among Indigenous youth.
Treasurer Jackie Trad said the initiatives to address youth mental health and suicide would be community-led.
“It’s heartbreaking that young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders are more likely to experience challenges with mental health and to die by suicide,” Ms Trad said.
“The death of a young person is a devastating tragedy for family and impacts on entire communities.
“We know that individual communities understand their young people better than anybody else and that’s why the Palaszczuk Government will partner with families and local leaders to help find solutions.
“The $6.9 million we’re investing will deliver community-identified initiatives for better mental health and well-being outcomes for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders when and where they’re needed.”
Ms Trad said $1.9 million would also be allocated over four years to implement the State Government’s “Framework for Action – Reshaping our Approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence”.
Other Budget initiatives include: