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While Tuesday night's budget gave treasurer Josh Frydenberg an opportunity to flex the government's commitment to mental health, Indigenous programs missed out. 

Youth suicide was labelled a “national priority”, $461 million was earmarked for young people’s mental health, and the government also promised to open 30 new Headspace centres and extend funding for psychosis treatment. Meanwhile just $5 million will be devoted to Indigenous suicide prevention programs, despite Aboriginal communities being in the midst of what medical bodies and advocates refer to as a "crisis".