Extra funding for families in Leonora
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP today announced new funding of $510,000 to assist families with children and young people who are at risk of, or affected by, mental illness in the Northern Goldfields.
The funding announcement is a direct result of the trauma being felt in Leonora over the last few months following the cessation of the Breaking the Cycle program.
Mr Wilson said as a result of direct appeals from the Leonora community he invited then Assistant Minister for Social Service Alan Tudge to Kalgoorlie and later Leonora to witness the current excellent service provided and discuss the possible ramifications of loss of ongoing funding.
“I am pleased to today announce funding of an additional $510,000 over two years for Centrecare to expand the scope and reach of its Family Mental Health Support Services (FMHSS) across the Goldfields,” Mr Wilson said.
FMHSS helps families where children and young people are showing signs of depression, anxiety, stress or other behaviours.
Services help young people and their families to address the issues that impact their mental health, reducing the likelihood of young people experiencing mental ill-health later in life.
“What this funding will allow is for Centrecare to deliver more intensive support and have a more consistent presence in towns like Leonora and Laverton and remote communities such as the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.”
“The town of Leonora has had a tough year and it was through discussions with the Shires of Leonora and Laverton and community members that I realised I needed to do everything within my power to help,” he said.
“The services provided with this extra funding will help to ensure that many more at-risk young people across the region are supported to have the best chance of healthy, happy and productive futures.”