Mental health boost to support Gippsland recovery

The Victorian Government is standing with fire-affected communities in Gippsland, with new funding aimed at helping locals and their families who require mental health support.

Victorian Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley announced $300,000 in funding for mental health programs to support people reeling from the trauma of fire or the retriggering of past devastating events.

Services awarded funding include:

  • Monash Health – $50,000 to provide additional psychologist and AOD counselling
  • West Gippsland Healthcare Group – $42,000 for additional counselling as part of its Community Health Counselling Program
  • Windermere Child and Family Services – $50,000 to cover gap payments for mental health plans if required, or urgent support for high priority cases
  • Latrobe Community Health Service – $50,000 for counselling and services for children including art therapy and outreach to schools
  • Lifeline Gippsland – $50,000 for community engagement and connecting communities in affected areas

The Government is already providing tailored, targeted and timely support for Victorians doing it tough after a spate of fires, including dedicated case managers as a single point of contact to help affected families access information and services.

Residents affected by bushfires can access a case support worker by contacting their local council, visiting a recovery centre or calling 1800 560 760.

Source: Vic Government