Unified approach to mental health

A CONCERTED, unified approach to mental health care across the region will be the centrepiece of the annual Mental Health Week open day at the Hervey Bay Boat Club today.

The Group for Emotional and Mental Support – the annual host – will be joined by service groups Lifeline, Bay Support, Centacare, Community Solutions, Transformations on the Bay, Fraser Coast Housing and Queensland Health for the launch of the Fraser Coast Consortium of Mental Health Services.

“It’s quite unique in that people suffering with mental health issues will be included on the board,” Pastor Darren Yates, of Transformations in the Bay, said.

“It’s also a first for the Fraser Coast to have all those groups working together for the collective good of the community rather than as individuals.”

The consortium will work together on projects and programs around mental health support.

This afternoon’s event will include a host of guest speakers.

“People have often lost their way, lost hope, and feel isolated,” Sandy from GEMS said.

“GEMS gives hope, a sense of belonging and usefulness through participation and being connected.”

Today’s open day runs from 12.30pm to 3pm.

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