Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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

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