The Morrison Government is providing $500,000 dollars to help establish a program to support people with mental illness in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas.
The Kindred Clubhouse program provides a drop-in centre and is particularly important for people who may be reluctant to access the more traditional, clinical, appointment-based services.
The funding will be used to employ support staff who will run regular activities for Clubhouse members, and provide advice and support. It will also cover the administrative costs associated with running the program.
Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP said that “programs such as this are important to local communities, because, without them, many people who face the daily challenges of mental illness don’t have access to the support they need—and the results can be devastating for the individual, their families and the broader community. This is the first project of its kind to be federally funded in Australia.”
The program has been developed following extensive consultation with the community and stakeholders—the strong message coming through was that there was a definite need in the area for a program such as the Kindred Clubhouse model.
This is a community-based program, designed to provide practical support and advice to help people with mental illness in their day-to-day lives.
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt MP said that “the Clubhouse provides important opportunities for people to socially interact, participate in meaningful activities and receive advice on employment, education, financial management, housing, maintaining physical wellbeing, and managing drug and alcohol addictions, including tobacco.
Most importantly, it is a place to belong, where people can feel comfortable and are always welcome.”
The clubhouse, offers members help in the following areas:
Clubhouse members are also given the opportunity to get a job in the local community through the Transitional Employment Program.
Mental health is one of the key pillars in the Australian Government’s long-term national health plan and the $338 million mental health package announced in this year’s Budget reinforces our commitment.
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