Navigating the Mental Health Garden….Turning Disadvantage into Advantage –

Navigating the Mental Health Garden….Turning Disadvantage into Advantage –
October is Mental Health Month and this year the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD), together with the Australian Department of Human Services, On Track Community Programs, Family & Community Services (Housing NSW), The North Coast Community Housing Company and Youth Connections is focussing on the difficulty people with a mental health challenge or other social disadvantage, have in obtaining suitable accommodation.

Real Estate Agents from across the Northern Rivers have been invited to participate in a morning of skills training to equip them to more effectively support clients who may be experiencing mental health challenges or other social disadvantage.

Warren Shaw, NNSW LHD Richmond-Clarence Mental Health Services Network Manager said the information session is intended to be interactive, providing the Real Estate Agents an opportunity to ask questions from the presenters.

“The session – Navigating the Mental Health Garden Turning Disadvantage into Advantage – covers topics on practical ways to assist Real Estate Agents on how to manage complex tenancies and to demystify mental health issues in the rental market,” Warren Shaw said.

“It can be difficult for Real Estate Agents to navigate situations where mental illness or other distress in tenants becomes apparent. Having a reliable plan and a contact person will greatly assist in achieving a positive outcome for both the landlords and tenants,” said Mr Shaw.

“The National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (2007) data shows that over the previous12 months one in five Australians reported the existence of a mental disorder. This forum is a good opportunity for Real Estate Agents and their teams to build on their skills with guidance from mental health and community development professionals,” Mr Shaw added.

Presenters are as follows:

  • Maire Barron, North Coast Community Housing
  • Guy Dayhew, Richmond/Clarence Mental Health Rehabilitation Coordinator
  • Ryan Rooney, Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator, Richmond Mental Health Service
  • Steve Carrigg, Rural Adversity Mental Health Projects Officer
  • Lucie White, Youth Connections

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