Scot MacDonald
17th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced a new community program to support young Aboriginal people affected by mental illness living on the Central Coast.

Yerin Aboriginal Services will receive $200,000 to build culturally responsive partnerships with Aboriginal service providers in collaboration with the Central Coast Local Health District.

“Inter-generational trauma has affected many young lives on the Central Coast, and this program will provide greater support to those who desperately need it” Mr MacDonald said.

“The NSW Government’s $200,000 investment will improve the lives of Aboriginal people living with mental illness by empowering local Aboriginal communities with education and training to help children suffering from trauma,” Mr MacDonald.

The new funding will support a recently established mental health wellbeing team which includes Aboriginal health workers and an Aboriginal mental health nurse to respond to the mental health and physical health needs of the Aboriginal community on the Central Coast.

Yerin Aboriginal Services is one of six projects across the state to benefit from $1.26 million as part of the $4 million Mental Health Innovation Fund.

Belinda Field, CEO of Yerin Aboriginal Health Services highlighted that this project enables Yerin to work with the local Aboriginal community in a self-determining way through community empowerment and support and enhance integration through their cultural lense.

Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said funding has been awarded to community-based projects targeting Aboriginal mental health, adult mental health education, child and youth mental health and intellectual disability mental health.

“We must continue to break down stigma and other barriers that prevent people living with mental illness from getting the right care and leading fulfilling lives in their community,” Mrs Davies said. 

The fund is a key part of the NSW Government’s commitment to Living Well, the Mental Health Commission’s 10-year strategy to transform mental health services.

If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For mental health services please contact the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.