Services providing support to NSW’s Jewish community and new parents were among those visited by NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey this month.
Ms Lourey shared a Shabbat meal with staff and clients at JewishCare on 13 April, to learn more about the service’s holistic support programs which include counselling, case management and social activities. Attendees also shared with Ms Lourey their experiences accessing and providing services via the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and details of NSW’s first ever Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy which was officially launched in March.
In mid April, Ms Lourey attended the Gidget Foundation’s launch of a video counselling service for new mums and dads. Called ‘Start Talking’, the service provides support for parents who are experiencing depression or anxiety in the months around having a baby. Funded by the NSW Government, it aims to help parents who can't make it to regular face-to-face appointments - especially families living in regional and rural NSW. Find out more about how to access the service on the Gidget Foundation’s website.
Next up in May, the Commission will visit services and families in Armidale, as part of its regular visits to communities all over NSW. More information on the visit will be available soon.