New mental health funding welcomed
Further government funding to support mental health initiatives in rural communities has been welcomed by the Otago Rural Support Trust.
The $600,000 joint funding from the Ministry of Health and Ministry for Primary Industries was the second phase of the Rural Mental Wellness initiative. The first phase was announced a year ago with $500,000 funding.
The new funding would help strengthen local networks for farmers, workers and families in rural communities.
It would provide more suicide prevention workshops and employ co-ordinators to work with Rural Support Trusts, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said.