New mental health funding welcomed

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.

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