STEP FORWARD IS VERY GOOD NEWS
LAST week, Minister Helen Morton announced that Starick Services would receive $10,000 to train more than 20 staff in mental health first aid. Starick started in 1982 and is a not-for-profit organisation that provides many support services to women and children experiencing family and domestic violence. Its services include refuges for women with children, community housing, court support, advocacy and children’s programs. The people who run these programs are angels. I know too well the effects violence against women has. Helplessness, loneliness and fear are just some of the contributing feelings. Mrs Morton said violence against women was one of the key factors influencing the development of mental illness and it was critical staff working with affected women and their families knew how to support their client’s mental health. This is a step forward. Good work Government, good work.
Susanne Reilly - Reporter