Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Million-dollar fellowship boost

An article published in yesterday's edition of The Chronicle:
PARLIAMENTARY Secretary for Community Services Julie Collins [pictured] today announced that the Schizophrenia Fellowship of Queensland in Toowoomba will receive more than $1.4 million.

It will allow the fellowship to continue providing much-needed support to local people with mental illness.

Schizophrenia Fellowship of Queensland is one of 79 community mental health services across the country which will have their funding extended for three years through the Government’s Personal Helpers and Mentors program.

"Schizophrenia Fellowship of Queensland provides invaluable support to local people with severe mental illness, their families and carers in our community," Ms Collins said.

"Personal helpers and mentors provide practical, intensive support to help people with severe mental illness set and achieve personal goals, such as finding suitable housing, looking for work or improving relationships with family and friends.

"They help make a real and lasting difference in local people’s lives."

The funding is in addition to the Federal Government’s $269.3 million boost for community mental health services announced in this year’s Budget, part of a total commitment of $2.2 billion over five years for mental health services across Australia.
Also see:

Understanding schizophrenia

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