December 7, 2022

The program aims to address mental health

A SUPPORT network for people struggling with mental health issues will be launched in Frankston over the next year.

The state government has announced the creation of five “Social Inclusion Action Groups”. One will be based in Frankston.

Support groups will bring community members together to create and implement initiatives to improve mental health and wellbeing. Acting Mental Health Minister Colin Brooks said it was important to involve local people in the program. “We’re helping more people feel connected to their community, with programs developed by locals who know their communities,” he said.

The groups are a response to a recommendation from the Royal Commission. The state government is spending $9 million to establish the top ten. Brooks said: “The Royal Commission recognized that communities are best placed to understand and foster local social connections and inclusion that support mental health and wellbeing.”

The state government says the groups will be represented by people from all walks of life – Indigenous people, members of the LGBTQI+ community and people living with disabilities will be invited to participate.

First published in the Frankston Times – November 8, 2022