The NSW government has put up $130 million for mental health services to help deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced funds for services, beds, counsellors and appointments, saying mental health is the “untold story” of the pandemic.

“This has been a very difficult time, particularly [for] young people who haven't been able to go to school, many young people, but people across the board who have struggled with their businesses closing, being out of work,” he said.

“We need to make sure as a state that we continue to invest record amounts in providing that support for people who need it.” 

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists says emergency departments are reporting a rise in numbers of people self-harming, hospitalisation rates and complex psychiatric disorders.

The new funding is aimed at improving public access to private psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health beds.

The government has also pledged $14 million over two years to train 275,000 people in suicide prevention. Classes will be offered to high school teachers, parents, sports coaches, club managers, community groups and peer leaders.

Mr Perrottet has warned that people must still “look after each other”, because the government can only do so much.