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Boost for Mental Health Services

Thursday 6th of April 2006

The Anglican Counselling Service (ACS) welcomes the new injection of funds by the Australian Government for Mental Health Services.


They are a step towards addressing the shortcomings in mental health services in regional and rural areas.

The Tamworth Counselling Centre for ACS has seen a three-fold increase in the number of new clients being referred by health practitioners for depression in the last 9 months.


The increase in funds is a major boost for clinical and health services; non-clinical services for people with mental illness, their families and carers; an increase in the mental health workforce and new programmes for community awareness.


ACS is a community-based organization providing counselling and life skills education programmes in the New England and North West of NSW. ACS is currently conducting “Mental Health First Aid Courses” to raise community awareness about mental illness in regional and rural communities.


Through education and increasing community awareness we hope to reduce the stigma, equip people in their communities to respond to needs, increase access to services and encourage people to access services earlier.


It is our hope that NGOs like ACS will be supported by this package to carry on their vital work.


For More Information Contact:

Anglican Counselling Service (Diocese of Armidale)
PO Box 3052 Tamworth 2340
Tel: (02) 6762 4380
FAX: (02) 6762 5740
Internet: acsdarm@acsdarm.org.au


Authorised: Rev Brian Kirk, Executive Director

6 April, 2006

Phone contact: (02) 6762 4380

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