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Hon Helen Morton MLC

    Recovery centre for Broome mental health

    Friday, 9 December 2011
    • Community gets together to create a mental health recovery centre
    A group of 14 dedicated non-government and Government community groups have created Broome’s first place where people with mental illness and their families can be supported on their recovery journey.

    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today opened the Broome Community Recovery Centre which provides support and education, vocational and employment training and life-skills courses aimed at helping people gain confidence to re-engage with their community.

    “During the past few years, carers and family members in Broome have spoken about the fact that many people with a mental illness, who may previously have been high-functioning and employed, have found increasing difficulty in recovering from their illness or re-engaging with the community,” Mrs Morton said.

    The Minister said local communities were best placed to support ‘their own’ and was delighted to be opening the recovery centre that had developed out of a genuine desire to support those on the journey towards wellness.

    The centre is part of a multi-pronged strategy to boost mental health services in the Kimberley, which includes a 14-bed acute psychiatric unit scheduled to open in Broome in 2012, followed by a six-bed sub-acute unit in 2012-13.

    The centre was developed as a collaborative model by Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service, Arafmi, Broome District Health Advisory Council, Headspace Kimberley, the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, Boab Health, Kimberley Personnel, Kimberley Training Institute, Kinway/Anglicare, Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Resource Centre, Men’s Outreach, Red Cross Broome, Yagarrbulanjin Indigenous Mental Health Carers group and the Western Australian Country Health Service.

          Fact File
    • Aboriginal people comprise 60 per cent of community MHS clients compared with 42 per cent of total population
    • Suicide rate the Kimberley 2.33 times higher and hospitalisation due to attempted suicide/self harm is 2.7 times higher than the State rate
    • Funding of $400,000 from the Mental Health Commission and $352,000 from Royalties for Regions was granted to help establish the unit
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