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Barrier Breakers comes to Sale

A Sale Chapter of Barrier Breakers was established on Saturday when a group of Sale and Maffra citizens attended a luncheon meeting at the Legends Sports Club to hear from Barrier Breakers CEO, Derek Amos.

The people present agreed to take up membership of the Gippsland-wide mental health advocacy organisation and form a branch of Barrier Breakers in Sale.

Local personality and long-time supporter of Barrier Breakers, Lance Hunt was appointed interim convenor of the Chapter until a more formal structure is agreed in the New Year.

Mr. Amos told the meeting his Board was delighted to provide its many supporters in the Sale/Maffra districts with an opportunity to join in the organisations efforts to improve mental health services in the Gippsland region.

“While both federal and state governments are pursuing mental health reform agendas, much, much more needs to be done to extend essential services in vast and diverse regions like Gippsland.”

“One of the essential areas of reform is the establishment of regional Mental Health Boards to be actively involved in the planning of mental health services and local administration”.

Mr. Amos said this area of reform was particularly necessary in spread-out and remote rural settings because local people had a far better hands-on knowledge of deficiencies and needs than bureaucrats in either Melbourne or Canberra.

“Whether you live in Sale, Orbost, Cowes, Moe or Warragul and experience mental illness, either directly or as a concerned family member or carer, you have a far better understanding of the deficiencies in the system than a faceless person outside the area.”

Mr. Amos praised the generosity of the Sale and Maffra community, who have given so freely to the Barrier Breakers supported accommodation project. Six units of special long-term accommodation for people with chronic mental illness is being developed as a pilot program in Traralgon, which  Barrier Breakers is planning to roll-out in all major centres in the region.

“We congratulate our supporters in sale who have been working tirelessly to help us make up a $150,000 shortfall in the project’s costs”.

“In particular, we thank Lance Hunt for his initiative in the production of a special calendar/Italian recipe book combo, which is now selling throughout the region for $20.00 a copy”.

The calendar/cook-book combo is the brainchild of Lance, who shot the photos in regional Italy on his return from the Tour De France last year.

“This novel calendar/recipe book combo makes an ideal Christmas present as it is not only a very attractive and useful production, but all proceeds go to a local charity for a cause very much in-keeping with the spirit of Christmas”, Mr. Amos concluded.

 

For further information – contact Derek Amos on 0428397706

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