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Date posted: 17 January 2012
A group of 14 dedicated non-government and Government community groups have created Broome's first place where people with mental illness and their families can be supported on their recovery journey.
Western Australia's Mental Health Minister Helen Morton recently opened the Broome Community Recovery Centre which provides support and education, vocational and employment training and life-skills courses aimed at helping people gain confidence to re-engage with their community.
'During the past few years, carers and family members in Broome have spoken about the fact that many people with a mental illness, who may previously have been high-functioning and employed, have found increasing difficulty in recovering from their illness or re-engaging with the community,' Ms Morton said.
The centre is part of a multi-pronged strategy to boost mental health services in the Kimberley, which includes a 14-bed acute psychiatric unit scheduled to open in Broome in 2012, followed by a six-bed sub-acute unit in 2012-13.
The centre was developed as a collaborative model by Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service, Arafmi, Broome District Health Advisory Council, Headspace Kimberley, the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, Boab Health, Kimberley Personnel, Kimberley Training Institute, Kinway/Anglicare, Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Resource Centre, Men's Outreach, Red Cross Broome, Yagarrbulanjin Indigenous Mental Health Carers group and the Western Australian Country Health Service.