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NSW records 301 COVID-19 cases; $130m for mental health

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It comes as the state government has announced a $130 million support package for mental health, and $86 for the arts community.

New South Wales has recorded 301 new COVID-19 cases and ten deaths a day before restrictions are set to ease again.

It comes as the state government has announced a $130 million support package for mental health, and $86 million for the arts community.

The state ticked over the long-awaited 80 per cent fully vaccinated target yesterday, unlocking a new set of freedoms that will take effect from tomorrow, including school going back.

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NSW has recorded 301 new COVID-19 cases a day after hitting the 80 per cent double dose target.

"Mental health is the untold story of this pandemic," NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said today.

He said the funding would fund more services, more beds, more counsellors and more appointments.

"We don't want anyone to slip through the cracks,' Mr Perrottet said.

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the new funding will provide public access to private psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health beds as well as training 275,000 people in the community to become mental health first aiders.

"This is all about fast-tracking access to boosted services to support people doing it tough right now as well as preventing the emergence of mental health issues in the future.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has announced $100 million in funding for mental health services.

"Our focus over the next two years will be on supporting our young people and families, building system capacity to meet demand and supporting our communities to lead the recovery," Ms Taylor said.

"This package will save lives, and it will help us confront the crisis of suicide," NSW Treasurer Matt Kean added.

The NSW Government has also announced an $86 million package to support the arts.

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"We want to see out arts sector get back on its feet," Mr Kean said.

"This funding commitment will allow the arts and cultural sector to relaunch with certainty and confidence to deliver works that audiences have missed over the past year."

Source: 9News

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