General News Sector News — 09 May 2016

A NEW Logan City community mental health and wellbeing hub will be established by Relationships Australia (Queensland), courtesy of $100,000 in funding from the Queensland Mental Health Commission.

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck said the mental health and wellbeing hub would also cater for communities living in the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

The $100,000 funding awarded to Relationships Australia (Queensland) is for the first year of operation, which will see the hub established, formal planning undertaken, the project implemented and evaluation undertaken.

“We know that good mental health and well-being underpins the development of flourishing individuals, families and communities,” Dr van Schoubroeck said.

“It brings benefits in terms of improved physical health and life expectancy, better learning outcomes and educational achievement, creativity, increased productivity and community engagement, and in general a higher quality of life.

“It also builds resilience in individuals and communities, who are more able to cope in those challenging times that we all face at some time.”

Relationships Australia (Queensland) general manager operations Natasha Rae said Logan was a vibrant and diverse community.

“The hub initiative is a great opportunity to build our community wellbeing,” she said.

“As part of this initiative we will work towards creating a strong regional mental health and well-being network, so we can share resources, learnings and skills across the many groups and partners who cover the different areas of need and interest,” she said.

The Logan Hub will also give access to mental health and well-being training and skill development, to put in place tried and tested approaches to improve the wellbeing of the whole community.

Ms Rae said she believed these actions would help nurture community well-being.

Service planning for the hub is under way and will share resources and skills with key partners.

This article first appeared on ‘The Logan Report’ on 7 May 2016.


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