Whanganui's rainbow community is welcoming new Government funding for mental health with Pride Whanganui planning to apply for grants as soon as it becomes available.

The Rainbow Wellbeing Legacy Fund was launched on June 2 to improve and support the mental health and wellbeing of the next generation of rainbow New Zealanders.

Christina Emery from Pride Whanganui said the fund was a great start leading from the front.

"It's showing we're not going to sit down or push things under the rug, mental health is being uplifted," she said.

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The fund comes as part of an acknowledgement for the New

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