Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Self-help and support groups to support the health and wellbeing of WA

    29/08/2018 2:30 PM
     
    • Lotterywest grants totalling $607,130 will help improve the health and wellbeing of Western Australians
    • Three initiatives will help provide access and resources to self-help and support groups 

    The McGowan Government has provided three Lotterywest grants totalling $607,130 to ConnectGroups.

     

    The funding will be used for three distinct initiatives, all aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Western Australians through self-help and support groups.

     

    Specifically, the funding will be used for capacity-building projects to support the effectiveness and growth of self-help and support groups, increased marketing and advertising for the self-help and support groups, and to fund the establishment of a volunteer-run community link booth at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

     

    The community link booth will be used to connect individuals and families to resources, support groups and services to support their mental health outcomes and reduce the hospital readmission rate.

     

    Established in 1983, ConnectGroups helps Western Australians by providing access and resources to self-help and support groups. The organisation has taken a strong advocacy role by contributing to government health and mental health policy.

     

    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:

     

    "Self-help and support groups provide a great platform for Western Australians to connect with others who know firsthand what they're going through and can help reduce feelings of isolation, fear and hopelessness.

     

    "The McGowan Government is proud to support ConnectGroups in its work and look forward to seeing patients and their families make use of the resources ConnectGroups provides, particularly the community link booth at Fiona Stanley Hospital."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6500