• Hannah Phillips

LikeMind Supporting Riverina Mental Health

LikeMind, Wagga Wagga was officially opened late last month, bringing innovative mental health services to the Riverina.

Services include access to GPs, psychologists and social workers as well as drug and alcohol services, gambling and financial counselling, and a dietician.

$2.3 million has been invested in LikeMind Wagga Wagga, making it the fourth in NSW, and the second in rural and regional NSW, following the LikeMind Orange site.

Aftercare is the lead organisation for the centre and has worked closely with its principal partner, the Murrumbidgee Local Health District who have staff onsite providing acute and ongoing support to people in the local area.

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Aftercare CEO, Dr Andrew Young said people who attend the LikeMind centre will be triaged, assessed and a care plan will be developed for them.

"The innovative approach of LikeMind enables people with mental health concerns to access a variety of services in one place.

"This approach ensures members of the community receive coordinated care and support from the outset."

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was at the opening of the centre and said it was important to support organisations such as LikeMind to help reduce the stigma attached to mental health.

“The opening of this service is a positive step to increase support for local people in their treatment of mental health issues," Mr McCormack said.

“I commend the New South Wales State Government for investing in improving the health of people in the Riverina.

“The Federal Government funds a range of initiatives to improve access to health services for people living in regional and rural areas.

"LikeMind, through its lead agency Aftercare and the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, will complement services available for vulnerable members of the community."

For more information about LikeMind, visit www.likemind.org.au or Aftercare at www.aftercare.com.au.

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