Funding boost helps mental health in western Qld

SEASONED 'growers' will use online technologies to deliver peer-led mental health support networks to Roma and Emerald.

As part of Queensland Mental Health Week, Grow Qld has received $50,000 to pilot web-based connections in these areas to improve mental health through greater social inclusion and community connectedness.

The organisation helps people recover from mental illness through mutual support and personal development in weekly meetings with other 'growers'.

Anglicare Southern Queensland will receive $18,370 for a Wellbeing Day event to provide education, support and inspiration to people with mental health challenges and their carers.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said about 900,000 Queenslanders lived with mental illness of differing types and severity.

He said the best opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference to a person's wellbeing often arose long before they asked for help.

"It is crucial people living in regional and rural Queensland have access to mental health and wellbeing resources and services," he said.

"We know there are unique factors that impact those living in these geographically isolated areas, so it is vital they have mental health support in their communities, where it's needed.

"Strong mental health and wellbeing enables us to cope with the everyday stresses of life, make a productive contribution to our community and achieve our full potential.

"But some mental illnesses can be prevented, and by acting early we can reduce the number of people who experience mental illness in our state."

Peer Support Australia's Beyond the School Gate project - a peer-led approach to the mental health and wellbeing of young people across Brisbane and regional areas - will get $50,000.

- APN NEWSDESK


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