Minister for Mental Health Jai Rowell today recognised the outstanding work of a number of local mental health initiatives, presenting grant funding of $5,000 to two local programs which were helping to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Speaking in Port Macquarie today with local member Leslie Williams, Mr Rowell said it was important to support initiatives such as the Dahlsford Grove Lifestyle Village Men’s Shed and the ‘Creatability’ mental health art program for the work they did in providing a support to those dealing with mental health issues.
“I am pleased to be able to offer Dahlsford Grove Lifestyle Village Men’s Shed $2,500 in NSW Government funding to further the work they do in providing a supportive environment for men to talk openly about mental health issues,” Mr Rowell said.
“As I travel around the state visiting Men’s Sheds I am constantly impressed at the extraordinary role they play in bringing men together to talk about any problems they may be facing and avoid the pitfalls of depression and social isolation.
Mr Rowell also presented $2,500 in grant funding to the ‘Creatability’ art program, which provides people with lived experience of mental illness with a creative outlet in dealing with their mental health issues.
“Programs like ‘Creatability’ are a great way of supporting people with mental illness to deal with their condition in a creative and constructive way,” Mr Rowell said.
“I know ‘Creatability’ faced some challenges in sourcing funding to stage this year’s event, which is why I see it as so important that the NSW Government provides them with this financial assistance to ensure they can continue their outstanding work.”
Mrs Williams also addressed a number of ongoing local mental health issues with Minister Rowell, including the future of services such as Ellimatta Lodge and the Endeavour Clubhouse.
“I have spoken with the Minister a number of times about ways in which we may be able to support these facilities in providing vital mental health services to local residents,” Mrs Williams said.
“I was pleased that the Minister was able to inspect these two facilities first-hand today, and meet with a number of proponents behind the Endeavour Clubhouse initiative to discuss ways in which we may be able to support them in the future.”
Posted on 28 Tue, October, 2014
by Leslie Williams