21 July 2020

People living with mental illness in the Wagga Wagga area will be able to continue to receive extra support thanks to a $115,000 investment from the NSW Government.

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the emergency funding will enable community mental health service Sunflower House to maintain their invaluable programs and meet demand during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are living in incredibly challenging times. Mental illness can take a huge toll on an individual and those around them, so it is critical that there is enough help available for those who need it,” Mrs Taylor said.

“These programs and services are all about enabling local people live full and positive lives, to thrive in spite of disadvantages such as unemployment and homelessness.”

The investment will allow Sunflower House to continue their therapeutic services, including physical recreation, social skills, job training and conflict resolution.

“Some people are living without the connections we sometimes take for granted,” Mrs Taylor said.

“This service plays an important role in helping people out of isolation and back into the community by guiding them through every step.”

President of Sunflower House Mark Horton said the team has been inundated with new members experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, depression and paranoia, and the funding will be used to maintain qualified mental health workers.

“This funding will help us bring more hope and mental health to people whose illnesses are being exacerbated by the pandemic and all its associated fears and uncertainties,” Mr Horton said.