An ordained Minister has taken the top job at Barrier Breakers, Gippsland’s mental health advocacy charity.
This announcement was made today by Derek Amos, Chairman of the association, who warmly welcomed
Dr. Lynn Fowler as the Charity’s new Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Amos said Dr. Fowler comes from a background in Christian ministry, where she had been leading a ministry organization for the past ten years.
“Having had considerable involvement with people with mental illness over the years, she is enthusiastic about this new role with the mental health sector”, Mr. Amos said.
Based in Traralgon, Barrier Breakers Inc. provides free advocacy services for people with mental illness, who are in crisis. The association also advocates for mental health at a systemic level, seeking to raise community awareness of mental health issues and the needs of those with mental illness, and to encourage government at all levels to allocate a greater part of the available funding to mental health issues and accommodation for people with a mental illness.
Dr. Fowler said that homelessness was fast becoming a major issue in the region, with a desperate shortage of affordable accommodation, appropriate to the needs of people with a mental illness.
“Families, who suffer this problem need accommodation that is affordable, safe and secure, long-term and accompanied by support services”.
“Barrier Breakers initiated the establishment of the new supportive accommodation complex in Traralgon because of this desperate need,” Dr. Fowler said.
The public fund-raising campaign that Barrier Breakers ran for the project raised more than $150,000 towards its establishment costs and the organisation successfully lobbied the state government for a major share of the funding. They now plan to lobby for the project to be replicated throughout the region with Sale and Wonthaggi as priority towns.
Mr. Amos and Dr. Fowler said they look forward to working together in an exciting and challenging year ahead.