There are many cases of people committing suicide after they were released from a psychiatric hospital.

The pain experiencing by people that causes them to seek suicide is not quickly dispelled.

Providing longer-term support for people to manage and resolve this pain is a critical move.

Every Australian who leaves the hospital after a suicide attempt will be offered at least three months of follow-up care, under new funding promised in the federal budget.

It is one of several new or expanded programs that have been promised in the budget, with $2.3 billion committed to mental health and suicide prevention over the next four years.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in his budget speech that suicide prevention was a national priority.

“Everybody listening tonight knows someone struggling with their mental health,” he said.

“Suicide is the leading cause of death in those aged 18 to 44.”

The budget spending on mental health has a focus on suicide prevention, but that is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to Australia’s mental health spending.