We fund a range of hospital and community-based clinical mental health services and non-clinical services provided by mental health community support services.
We also fund a range of community-based and residential alcohol and other drug treatment services.
In addition to these services, we work on policy development, mental health promotion, prevention and reducing harms associated with alcohol and drug use.
Mental health services
Our clinical mental health services are part of larger health services that provide a range of hospital and community-based services.
Non-clinical mental health community support services (MHCSS) are managed by non-government organisations.
Victoria also has a number of specialist mental health services provided on a statewide basis.
Visit our Health.vic website for more information on Victoria’s mental health services.
Mental health promotion, early intervention and prevention
In Victoria the promotion of mental health and wellbeing is a priority.
We provide and support a wide range of programs that promote mental health in collaboration with local councils, health providers, schools, youth and disability organisations, and community groups.
We also support a range of prevention and early intervention initiatives to identify groups and individuals whose mental health may be vulnerable, and to design appropriate interventions to help them improve their social and emotional wellbeing.
Visit our Health.vic website for more information about our work in mental health promotion, intervention and prevention.
Alcohol and other drugs
Each year, Victoria's alcohol and other drug treatment and support system helps around 40,000 Victorians who are struggling with dependence on alcohol or other drugs.
We support a broad spectrum of community-based and residential treatment options provided by a skilled and dedicated workforce.
Visit our Health.vic website for more information about our work.
10-year mental health plan
Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan guides investment to drive better mental health outcomes for Victorians.
More than 1,000 Victorians were involved in development of the plan, including people with a mental illness, their families and carers, service providers, clinicians, workers, experts and community members.
Recognising that nearly half of all Victorians (45 per cent) will experience mental illness in their lifetime, the plan focuses on greater efforts in prevention, and providing better integrated services and support for the most vulnerable people in the community.
The plan also outlines the government’s approach to work directly with people with a mental illness, their families and carers to co-produce and improve services.