As mental health becomes a larger issue in the community, the federal government is receiving more and more recommendations to increase mental health funding and is keen to be seen to do so.

Like all others with a stake, mental health organisations and services will be poring over next week’s 2021 Federal Budget papers to see what the momentum for change and increased funding will deliver in actual dollars.

Dr Sebastian Rosenberg and Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney were recently surprised to hear the Federal Government announce that it had “drastically boosted” its mental health and suicide prevention spend, nearly doubling it from $3.3 billion about a decade ago to a record high of about $5.9 billion over 2020–21.