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PARTNERSHIP TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH

A PARTNERSHIP between the Warrane Pharmacy and the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre is raising vital funds to improve mental health training in the community.

The idea to raise funds was discussed between Warrane Pharmacy dispense tech Nicole Downie and Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre project officer Leah Brightman after Ms Downie noticed people coming into the pharmacy with mental health issues because there was nowhere else for them to go.

“We’re a small pharmacy and very community focused – we know most customers personally and they can trust us,” Ms Downie said.

“It’s really heart breaking to hear they’ve got nowhere to go or they may not have any support, so it would be really good for us to have the right words to say to them and be able to support them.”

Ms Brightman said the mental health training would be available for any organisation or group that were interested and would be run by experts.

“It will be registered training tailored for the businesses and organisations in the area so when they are talking to people who are experiencing ill mental health, they can feel better prepared to talk to with people and help them out,” she said.

“We know that mental health is really important and that a lot of people are affected, whether it’s themselves, family or a friend, most of us have a mental health story.

“It’s really important for people to feel they know what to say or what to do when talking to someone who is struggling with their mental health.”

To raise funds, a sausage sizzle was held outside the pharmacy in late April, while a raffle with various prizes is being held.

Prizes include a weekend away to the Eastcoaster, suitcases, handbags, Bunnings pack, petrol voucher, Francesca necklace and bracelet, hair care package, and a $25 gift voucher from Moto Vecchia Cafe.

Tickets can be purchased from the Warrane Pharmacy and will be drawn on 24 May.

A number of the prizes were donated by politicians and local businesses.

” The raffle supports such a great cause and will make a real difference for those in our community who need a bit of help,” Labor Member for Franklin David O’Byrne said.

“The team at the Neighbourhood House do a wonderful job, and their work with the Warrane Pharmacy on mental health demonstrates genuine community-building at its best.”

Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said it was great to see the community support the initiative.

“Warrane is a wonderful suburb with a lot of passionate people who live in it and they just want to help see the mental health of the community improve,” she said.

“This is grass roots in action, the Warrane Pharmacy and Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre saw a need and they’re addressing the need and helping the local community at the same time.”