Trauma Informed Tenancy Management

Trauma Informed Tenancy Management
Each year Mental Health is highlighted during the month of October and one of the major difficulties people with mental illness have is finding suitable and affordable accommodation.

Therefore, Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD), is joining forces with:

  • Family and Community Services-Housing
  • OTCP
  • Australian Department of Human Services
  • Northern Rivers Social Development Council
  • Connecting Home
  • The North Coast Community Housing Company, and
  • Rural Adversity Mental Health Project (ramhp)

to draw attention on the difficulty people with a mental illness 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 issues or other social disadvantage.

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

“The session – Trauma Informed Tenancy Management – explores practical and cost effective ways to help Real Estate Agents in managing complex tenancies and will assist in demystifying mental health concerns in the rental market,” Mr 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 deeper understanding of trauma 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 provides 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 were:
  • Andrew Gordon, R Gordon & Sons Property Agents
  • Dr Mim Weber, NNSW Local Health District
  • Steve Carrigg, Rural Adversity Mental Health Project
  • Susan Buxton, FACS-Housing
  • Cathy Serventy, NRSDC Connecting Home
  • Eileen Bolt, Helping Hands
  • Sarah Walker, OTCP

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