$400,000 in grants have been awarded by the State Government for a series of community projects that will support the mental health of Queenslanders dealing with the impacts of drought and floods.
The six successful organisations will receive the funds as part of the current round of the TRAIC Grants Program funding aimed at developing community resilience-building strategies, projects and activities that build awareness of mental health issues, break down stigma, and encourage individuals to seek help if needed.
Care Goondiwindi, Maranoa Shire Council, Paroo Shire Council and Rotary Club of Longreach Inc, Southern Downs Reginal Council, RHealth Limited, all receive funding.
And the Queensland Government is also recruiting an extra two senior TRAIC clinicians to provide mental health support to communities on the ground.
The TRAIC team recently held a series of workshops in regional and remote drought affected communities, allowing local councils, non-government organisations, people with lived experience of mental health, and community members to have their say on projects that would meet the needs of their communities.
Starting in South West Queensland this week, Queensland Health is holding a further series of workshops over the next couple of months to develop new projects to support drought and flood-affected communities.
If you’re concerned about yourself or someone you know, you can seek help from Lifeline (13 11 14) or 13 Health (13 43 25 84).