A boost to community mental health

Awareness and support for people who have a mental illness in the Grampians region will be boosted by a fundraising program of Horsham and Stawell Toyota and Kia.

Mrs. Debbie Hart, General Manager Stawell Toyota and Kia said that a portion of every car sold and financed, serviced, along with every part sold is put aside for services that support our community.

Mental illness has a substantial impact on people and the community, with studies indicating that as many as one in five people aged 16-65 experience mental illness in any one year.

Mrs. Hart said “We are very aware that there is a huge need to increase the mental health supports available to people in our community and Horsham and Stawell Toyota and Kia believe that their contribution can make a difference in someone’s life”.

“For this reason we are pleased to be able to provide Grampians Community Health with a donation of $11,300 to go towards mental health community programs” Mrs. Hart said

Grampians Community Health is a not for profit charity that provides community mental health services, psychological therapy, counselling and carers support in the Central Highlands, Grampians and Wimmera Southern Mallee

Grampians Community Health CEO Mr. Greg Little said that the donation by Horsham & Stawell Toyota & Kia has come at an opportune time.

“We have been looking at ways that we can do more in early intervention and reducing the stigma of mental illness, and the incredible generosity of H&S T&K will translate into more direct engagement with the community, businesses and individuals around mental health”, said Mr. Little

“The issues that stem from someone having a mental illness aren’t solved simply” said Mr. Little, “they take the involvement of the whole community, business and professional supports working together to make a difference”.

Anyone wishing to access any of the Grampians Community Health services can easily do so by calling 5358 7400.