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Published Thursday 18 April 2019
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Council welcomes Federal election commitment to mental health

Mitchell Shire Council has welcomed a Federal funding commitment to bring a $3 million headspace facility to the community.

Councillors and Mitchell Shire Youth Councillors joined Federal Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health Julie Collins MP and Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell for the announcement at Wallan Youth Room on Tuesday 16 April.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“It was a brilliant day and to hear a funding commitment to improve the state of mental health in Mitchell Shire was tremendous. We welcome this funding and we welcome any other commitments from candidates in the upcoming Federal Election,” he said.

“This kind of collaboration is the first step in improving our local mental health services and is the reason we chose to run our Federal Election Campaign focusing on bringing help closer to home.

“Getting on the front foot of mental health in a growth area like Mitchell Shire is absolutely critical. We don’t want to be retro fitting with services later when the issues are dire.

“Having an organisation like headspace in our region – working directly with our youth – will make a significant difference. We are trying to reduce mental health stigma and this commitment will help do just that.

“We know that mental health is close to home, but help is far away. And we are glad to see something being done now close to home.

“I would also like to thank Federal Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health Julie Collins and Federal Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell for making this announcement at such an important time.

“And congratulations to Mitchell Shire Youth Mayor Ebony Layley and her fellow Youth Councillors for their dedication to shining a spotlight on youth mental health in Mitchell Shire.”