Heartland Magazine Issue 27, News and Events NSW Northern Rivers, Advertising NSW

GEOFF PROVEST TWEED FORUM SHINES A LIGHT ON LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

TWEED FORUM SHINES A LIGHT ON LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

A young Tweed Heads man and his mother will share their personal journey of living with mental illness at a special community forum this month.

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said the forum will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about living with mental illness in Northern NSW.

Mr Provest said mental illness affected everyone in some way. It is Australia’s third biggest health problem after heart disease and cancer.

“Almost half the population will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, and all of us have a family member, a friend or a workmate who has a mental illness,” Mr Provest said.

“Forums such as this help to increase understanding and awareness about mental illness, how to support someone who has a mental illness or how to get help for a loved one.

“We are privileged to have this young man coming to share his personal story of living with psychosis, and his treatment journey with the Tweed Community Mental Health team.”

The forum will also present a carer’s experience, as well as information from a local case manager about treatment options in the local area.

The event will be held on Thursday 28 February, 5pm-6.30pm at the Tweed Shire Council Administration Office Civic and Cultural Centre.

“We are encouraging people to come to the forum and learn from this family’s journey and be able to ask questions in a friendly environment,” Mr Provest said.

To register for the forum, phone (02) 6620 7562 or email: NNSWLHD-Engagement@health.nsw.gov.au. Registrations close Tuesday, 26 February.

To find out how to access mental health services, call the Northern NSW Local Health District Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.