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More mental health support will be offered in Queanbeyan and Karabar High Schools, with Menslink securing a $100,000 grant through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro today joined Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall and Menslink Chief Executive Martin Fisk to discuss the organisation’s plan to increase services locally.

“Organisations like Menslink play an important role when it comes to providing young men with the tools and support they need to deal with the hassles of life,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Thanks to this funding, Menslink will coordinate two Possibilities, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Effort (PRIDE) Education Programs at both Queanbeyan and Karabar High Schools, working with groups of around eight students.
“The programs will provide local students with in-school counselling services that help improve and maintain their mental health.”

Mr Fisk thanked Mr Barilaro and said programs like PRIDE help teach young people in local region about the skills they need to deal with tough times.

“Menslink has been supporting young men in the Queanbeyan region for more than 20 years,” Mr Fisk said.

“This funding means for the first time ever we will be able to offer on the ground counselling and other support services directly in local schools, removing the need for young men to travel into Canberra to get help.”

Mayor Overall added that providing in-school counselling services was a key to developing self-awareness and valuable life skills in the community’s young men.

“Menslink provides many extremely valuable services to young men in our region. This two-year program will complement existing initiatives like the Silence is Deadly campaign and help young males from year 7 to year 12 identify and cultivate constructive personal behaviours,” Cr Overall said.

People needing assistance can contact:

  • Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 – 24 hours / 7 days a week for mental health assistance
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 24 hours /7 days a week for crisis support
  •  Kids Helpline on 1 800 55 1800 for counselling for children and young adults

In an emergency, people in need of immediate assistance, should contact emergency services on Triple Zero (000).