ROWELL, GEORGE COMMEND LISMORE SERVICES FOR ADDRESSING LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health Jai Rowell today joined with Member for Lismore Thomas George in visiting a range of local services and facilities aimed at meeting the mental health care needs of the Lismore region.
Among the facilities visited on the day, Mr Rowell and Mr George met with a range of mental health care professionals at the Lismore Mental Health Campus, a centre which performs a vital role in treating people with mental illness in the community.
“With community mental health services, an 8 bed child and adolescent inpatient unit and a 40 bed adult mental health inpatient unit, the Lismore Mental Health Campus provides a range of treatment options for those living with mental health,” Mr Rowell said.
“It was great to meet with local staff and hear first hand the ways in which they are addressing the complex mental health needs of the local community.”
Mr Rowell also drew attention to the work of On Track Community Programs, a community based organisation which provides a range of support programs, including Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) packages for those living with mental illness.
“Mental illness often provides a real barrier for people in finding secure accommodation, particularly if they have complex needs and require ongoing assistance,” Mr Rowell said.
“On Track have incorporated a number of other non-government organisations from throughout the Northern Rivers to provide a comprehensive service in assisting people with mental illness live in the community while still receiving the support they need.
“Since coming into the portfolio, Thomas George has been pushing me to come up and see the outstanding work local organisations are doing to address mental illness, and I am thoroughly impressed with the range of services and expertise on offer.
Mr Rowell and Mr George were also delighted to provide Lismore Men’s Shed with a grant of $2,000 to further improve their facility and further the work the organisation was doing in addressing men’s mental health.
“Men often aren’t very good at seeking help for any form of illness, and this is perhaps even more true when it comes to mental illness and depression,” Mr George said.
“This is why our local Men’s Shed provides such a vital outlet for local blokes to regularly meet in a relaxed and supportive environment and talk to their mates about things that might be troubling them, and why I am so proud to present them with $2,000 today.