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MENTAL HEALTH A TOP PRIORITY
Member for Monaro John Barilaro is calling for grant applications for projects and events that promote social connectedness and openness towards mental health in the community for Mental Health Week in October.
The grants are aimed at community groups that are helping to reduce the impact of mental illness and raise awareness around people’s wellbeing and mental health.
“Speaking about your mental health is tough, it is important to create a sense of security and provide a safe place for people when they need it most.” Mr Barilaro said.
“If anyone in the community has an idea to increase awareness of mental health and wellbeing in our region, I really encourage them to apply for one of the Mental Health Month grants.”
NSW Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said she was thrilled to be delivering funding to assist the community.
“The grants of up to $1,000 provide a great vehicle for groups or organisations to host an event for mental health month that connects people and brings the message of wellbeing to the heart of the community.” Mrs Taylor said
“I am really looking forward to spending time in our regions during Mental Health Month, having important conversations about mental health and promoting mentally healthier communities.”
WayAhead CEO Elizabeth Priestley said this was a positive step in ensuring people connect with one another when they need help.
“We know that stigma and discrimination is still a big issue, and it can be a barrier for many people in accessing supports or to even talking about it. Communities putting on different events which openly address mental health and wellbeing helps create more accepting and safe spaces for people to start having these conversations and breaking down the stigma around mental health.”
Each October, Mental Health Association WayAhead organises Mental Health Month throughout the state.
Community groups are encouraged to host an event which may be fun, thought-provoking, creative, engaging, sporty or educational. There are five categories that community groups and individuals can apply for: Youth, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQA+ as well as General grants.
The grants will close at 5pm on Friday, 5 July 2019. For more information on the Mental Health Month small grants program, including how to apply, visit www.mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au