Program to combat mental illness stigma
The St Vincent de Paul Society has just launched an award-winning program on the Peninsula to assist those with a mental illness.
Compeer has been launched to help combat the social isolation facing people living with mental illness.
It is now looking for volunteers on the Peninsula.
Central Coast Compeer coordinator Ms Cathleen Inkpin said she was excited the program was being rolled out locally.
"Research shows that one of the best ways of combatting the stigma around mental illness is for more people to have personal contact with someone who is living with mental illness," said Ms Inkpin.
"Evaluations of Compeer highlight how gaining a greater understanding of mental health can reduce stigma.
"Then we can build a more inclusive community where everyone is valued as unique individuals," she said.
"If you can spare one hour per week or four hours over a month and are interested in a rewarding volunteer experience in the mental health sector, call Phyllis Sakinofsky on 0417 446 430.
Compeer has been running in other locations since 1996.
It is an international award-winning program that matches people living with mental illness to a volunteer who shares similar interests to meet up together for four hours a month for social outings.
Media release, 2 Feb 2017
Phyllis Sakinofsky, St Vincent de Paul Society
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