Funding crisis hits mental health services

Australia's top mental health groups say a funding crisis is forcing services to wind down and staff to quit.

The groups have written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott seeking urgent action to ensure community-based mental health services have the money they need to continue operating.

The groups, including Suicide Prevention Australia, SANE Australia, and the Black Dog Institute, have warned hundreds of contracts funded by the Federal Department of Health are due to end on 30 June.

Those contracts include the contract for Access to Allied Psychological Services, which funds psychological counselling for GP