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Media Release – Wednesday 31st May

Barrier Breakers Generates Discussion about Gambling Issues and Mental Health


Barrier Breakers in Traralgon are inviting community members to join their new Gambling Advocacy Program (GAP) to generate a discussion on gambling issues and mental health. The program is open to anyone who would like to make a positive change to their own lives, the lives of their families and people close to them, or the wider community regarding the effect of gambling on mental health.


The program is supported by funding from Latrobe City Trust and Trinity Families.


Group sessions will run between July and September 2017 in alternating Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening sessions at the Kath Teychenne Centre in Traralgon. A light lunch or supper will be provided. Interested participants may register on Eventbrite or just turn up on the day. There is no cost to attend.


Advocates will guide the sessions and allow participants to share their experiences so that areas of change and gaps in the support system can be identified.  Barrier Breakers can then offer to support or facilitate participants in running initiatives brought forward in the group sessions by providing advocacy on an individual level or a systemic level. The advocates will also provide any information or referral to gambling support organisations.


Participants are encouraged to attend multiple sessions to follow up on any ideas and actions identified in previous sessions.


No identifying information will be taken from participants during the sessions unless the participants choose to provide it. Barrier Breakers will be a non-judgemental soundboard for all those who attend.


What: Gambling Advocacy Program (GAP) – Discussion Group for Advocacy in Gambling Issues and Mental Health


Where: Kath Teychenne Centre, 11-13 Breed Street, Traralgon



Tuesdays: 12 – 2pm Thursdays: 6 – 8pm
11th July 2017 20th July 2017
25th July 2017 3rd August 2017
8th August 2017 17th August 2017
22nd August 2017 31st August 2017
5th September 14th September
19th September 2017 28th September

* Edit 28/06/2017: Thursday evening program has been reinstated. Sessions will be held on alternating Tuesday afternoons and Thursday evenings.

Cost: Free


Contact:  Linda or Elise on (03) 5174 4588 or email at for more information.


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Rural Partnership Dialogues

The Department of Health and Human Services have advised us that they are holding inaugural Rural Consumer and Carer Partnership Dialogues in Morwell and Bairnsdale in June.

Bairnsdale – 10am-3pm Monday 20 June 2016 at The Riversleigh, 1 Nicholson Street Bairnsdale
Morwell – 10am-3pm Tuesday 21 June 2016 at Lifeline Gippsland, 2 Fleming Street Morwell

The aim of these forums is to give a voice to local mental health consumers, carers, and people with lived experience to have an ongoing dialogue with the Department of Health and Human Services. The events will be co-chaired by the Department’s Consumer, Carer and National Relations team, and the consumer and carer peak bodies, VMIAC and Tandem.

If you are interested in attending and would like to accompany Barrier Breakers or have someone from Barrier Breakers assist you please call us on 03 5174 4588.

To register or make enquiries with Consumer Carer & National Relations Unit, DHHS directly please contact Indigo Daya 03 9096 1395 or Amber Scanlon 03 9096 7040.

To download a flyer about the event, click here.

New CEO For Barrier Breakers

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.

Web and Tele-Counselling

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Australia has a wide range of services available online and over the phone for emergency assistance or someone to talk to when you are feeling lost. These online and Tele-counselors are there to listen and offer support for many of life’s issues, big or small.

Open: 7 days a week, 8pm until 4am AEDST

Kids Help Line (ages 5-25)
Open: 7 days a week

eHeadspace (ages 12-25)
Open: 7 days

Open: 7 days

Beyond Blue
Open: 7 days, 4pm-10pm EST

Suicide Call-Back Service
Open: Mon-Fri and Sun (2.30pm-7pm) and Sat (10.30am-3pm EST)
Book an appointment

Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders
Open: Monday to Friday, 8am-9am AEST

National Sexual Assault, and Domestic Family Violence Foundation
Open: 7 days, 24 hours

(family, romantic, and interpersonal relationships)
Website: 7 days, 3pm-8.30pm

Gambling Help Online
Open: 7 days, 24 hours

Barrier Breakers Inc.





Barrier Breakers Inc. has operated in the Gippsland area of Victoria since 2006, providing the only advocacy service in the region for people with mental health issues. As well as our office in Traralgon, we have chapters in Sale and Wonthaggi, and are currently working toward opening an office in Sale.

At the systemic level, Barrier Breakers Inc. advocates for greater government recognition of, and funding for, the needs of those with mental health problems. At a personal level, we assist clients who are having issues with government departments, legal problems, or challenges with private sector organizations such as banks or businesses.

Recognizing that the de-institutionalization of mental health care some years ago has left a gaping hole in the provision of supported, affordable accommodation for those with mental health issues, we have recently established accommodation units in Traralgon, and hope in the future to also do so in Sale and Wonthaggi.

Barrier Breakers operates mostly with volunteers, and thus provides good value for money for its donors.

To offer your support to Barrier Breakers Inc, click the Donate button on the right or follow this link to view our GiveMatcher campaign.

Lifeline Gippsland ‘Gone Fishing’

Life line Gippsland are offering a free six week Educational Support Program for men tackling Twitter-Lifeline-Gone-Fishing-Program-900x450the Blues.








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Lifeline Gippsland presents Gone Fishing

Lifeline Gippsland presents Gone Fishing

Lifeline Gippsland presents Gone Fishing

2016 Calendars

Thank you to everyone who purchased our calendars this year, we would like to remind everyone that we still have some available. If you would like to purchase one you can come into our office in Traralgon, or contact us through facebook, email or telephone.2015 China  Nikon 222Just one of the stunning photographs inside this year’s calendar

Thank you from Barrier Breakers














Barrier Breakers would like to express their thanks to Tony, Lance, Shae and everyone who participated and purchased these delicious Cadbury’s Chocolates to raise money for the ongoing efforts of the Barrier Breakers organisation.

Barrier Breakers is a volunteer advocacy service for mental health, and when the community shows their support the community then empowers us to empower them.

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The 2016 Van Nationals, supporting Barrier Breakers Inc.

Click on the link in our newsletter to find out how to register your Van and details about the event.



Source: Vanning Australia


Traralgon office

From Everyone at Barrier Breakers We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Safe New Year.

“An optimist stays up until midnight

to see the new year in.

A pessimist stays up to make sure

The old year leaves.”

(Bill Vaughn’s new year quotes)