Launch of CRRMH Website
On the 3rd of October, the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) launched its new website in the presence of NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner, Mrs Fay Jackson, and the Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO)'s Director, Mr Peter Carter.
Mrs Jackson and Mr Carter were special guests at the CRRMH's quarterly Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. The meeting provided CRRMH staff and the CAC with the valuable opportunity of hearing first-hand from Mrs Jackson about the important work being undertaken by the Mental Health Commission of NSW.
Mrs Jackson spoke at length to a captivated audience about her own experiences with mental illness. Mrs Jackson, now 52, had experienced symptoms of mental illness since age 10. Her teenage years were filled with fear, angst and disappointment. Despite doctors telling her she would never hold down meaningful work or be a contributing member of society, she fought back to became an accomplished artist, public speaker, trainer, service director and CEO.
Following Mrs Jackson, the meeting heard positive feedback from Mr Carter regarding the work of the CRRMH and the expectations MHDAO has of the CRRMH as the NSW Government moves into a period of limited funding.
The CRRMH and the CAC thanks Mrs Jackson and Mr Carter for travelling to Orange to attend the meeting and for their participation in the launch of the new Centre website; this was an exciting development for the Committee and staff of the Centre.