Minister for Mental
Health Bronnie Taylor has launched Mental Health Month today
with the announcement of WayAhead Grant recipients,
celebrating the work of grassroots
community groups and individuals from around the state.
Grants are awarded to people from across NSW to support special events during
Mental Health Month, with 46 recipients to share in $34,500 this year.
“These grant recipients are all great examples of grassroots organisations
assisting people with mental health issues, helping small communities meet and
share their journeys together,” Mrs Taylor said.
particularly important in regional areas where people can be isolated and where
the drought has had a significant impact on mental health.”
recipients are community organisations in areas like
Broken Hill, Dubbo, Tenterfield and Deniliquin, including:
- Delhuntie Youth Care in Bulahdelah will run a full day suicide prevention and resilience
program at the local high school;
- Autism Spectrum Australia in Frenchs Forest will host an art expo for
students with autism and mental
health challenges such as anxiety;
- Headspace Coffs Harbour will
fund a stall at local weekend
markets during Mental
Health Week to promote its youth
mental health services.
also outlined the significance
of this year’s Mental Health
theme, ‘Share the Journey’.
Journey is about sharing a positive social connection with others and
supporting people through difficult times,” she said.
The NSW Government has committed
in the 2019-20 budget a
record investment of $2.2 billion
into mental health services
and infrastructure for people
living with mental illness, their families and carers.
Month is celebrated every October
across NSW, Victoria and the ACT,
and centres around World Mental Health Day on 10 October.