Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs today announced a planned recovery centre in Broome would receive $200,000 per annum over the next two years to establish and co-ordinate its recovery and rehabilitation services.
Making the announcement in Broome, Dr Jacobs said Kimberley residents with a mental illness would have improved access to services with this new centre, which would promote resilience and social inclusion.
The new recovery centre would also complement Broome’s first dedicated inpatient mental health unit due to open in the hospital in late 2011.
“This new centre will make it easier for people to participate in rehabilitation activities, social and recreational programs and supported employment opportunities,” the Minister said.
“It will help them gain the skills and confidence they need for their journey from illness to recovery.”
The recovery and employment programs will be run by non-government organisations and were vital in order to combat inequities.
“The number of people with a known mental health condition in the Kimberley is 1.5 times higher than the rest of the State,” Dr Jacobs said.
“Given that Aboriginal people are over-represented in acute mental health care, it is estimated at least 70 per cent of the people accessing the centre will be indigenous.
“Through its programs, the centre will help patients to re-engage with the community.”
The centre will cater for people experiencing emotional difficulties as well as long-term unemployment, poor health, lack of education, homelessness, incarceration and substance misuse.
“A significant number of unemployed people in the Kimberley cannot return to work due to mental health difficulties,” the Minister said.
“The projected demand for the centre’s employment services could be for up to 300 people a year, in addition to the existing number of people currently accessing services from the Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service.”
The new centre will be completed and operational by next year.
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