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Join our lobby campaign for supported accomodation

Who wants to join our lobby campaign in Gippsland aimed at the forthcoming state elections? Barrier Breakers will be specifically targeting all candidates from the major parties to gain support for our supported accommodation program. Despite Gippsland’s population growing by more than 60,000 since the government closed the only psychiatric hospital in the region, there are less than 200 beds available for people with a mental illness than there was then. This translates to an approximate 62% reduction in beds for a 40% increase in population. What a wanton neglect of our most vulnerable people! Meanwhile, 85% of all homeless people have a mental illness and more than 30% of all prisoners in Victorian jails have a mental illness. This demonstrates that we desperately need appropriate supported accommodation for people with long-term (chronic) mental illness – not homelessness and/or prison. If you are moved to help, please contact us for details of the campaign.

Derek Amos
Barrier Breakers Inc

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