Funding for mental health was high on the wishlists of many sector leaders and locals in the lead up to yesterday's Budget announcement.

Its prominence reflected the increasing unease about increasing mental distress in New Zealand and the pressure this is placing on those at the frontline trying to help.

Those concerns were acknowledged in yesterday's Wellbeing Budget, when Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced the Government will spend $1.9 billion on mental health over five years.


The funding will be used to tackle a growing mental health crisis facing the country.

Among other things, the money will be used