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Mount Gambier hosts Mental Health Forum

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Recent cuts to funding to Mental Health, in Millicent, by Country Health SA has caused concern amongst local professionals and the wider community, so the announcement of a Mental Health Forum is timely and a chance for concerns to be raised. The following announcement was released this week:-

‘Mental health consumers, carers and community members in the South East are invited to network and share their views about mental health services at a forum being held in Mount Gambier on Tuesday 3 December 2013.

Rebecca Graham, Executive Director of Mental Health for Country Health SA, and Lincoln Size, Chief Executive Officer of Country South Medicare Local, will be guest speakers at the forum.

Ms Graham said December’s forum was open to anyone interested in hearing or contributing feedback about current mental health services in country South Australia.

“The forums are an opportunity for people in our community to be informed about what is happening in mental health services throughout rural South Australia in an informal setting,” she said.

“It is also a great opportunity to network and share ideas with others interested in mental health issues.

“We are interested in all feedback and suggestions and have been able to report back to forum attendees on how their ideas have been used to improve mental health services.”

The event will be hosted by Experts by Experience Development Officers, Angela Cordon and Lyn English.

Angela and Lyn last visited Mount Gambier in June when they met with people from various culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the local mental health team, consumers, carers and staff from the non-government sector to share information about mental health services in country areas.

There is no cost to attend the forum and a light lunch and morning tea will be provided.

To assist with catering, anyone interested in coming along is encouraged to register by phoning Sandy O’Donnell at Country Health SA on 8721 1507.

If you are concerned about your mental health talk to your GP or contact the South East Mental Health Service on 8721 1507.’

Source: Statement by SA Health

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