CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION: The Clarence Valley Standing Together Facebook page, started to help raise awareness for mental health services in the valley.
CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION: The Clarence Valley Standing Together Facebook page, started to help raise awareness for mental health services in the valley. Jarrard Potter

Clarence Valley standing together for mental health on Facebook

FOLLOWING emergency public meetings to discuss mental health services in the Clarence Valley, a new Facebook page has been launched to continue the discussion.

After organising the meeting following a number of suicides, particularly among young people, Janita Cooper started the Facebook page, called Clarence Valley Standing Together, to try and increase the number of mental health and well-being services for the Clarence Valley.

“The page is a way to try and spread awareness and educate people, and let people know what’s out there and that there is help available,” she said.

“It’s for people to find out information or put their ideas out there, anything to try and help people is encouraged.”

Since the page launched on June 1, Ms Cooper said the response has been very positive, attracting 126 likes in three days.

“We’ve had contact from other groups throughout Australia, from Western Australia to up near Darwin, which is fantastic,” she said.

“We really want to get the community involved, especially in youth projects. We really want a youth centre in Grafton, that’s the biggest aim at the moment.”

Since the emergency meeting in March, Ms Cooper said the situation has improved.

“I think having the meeting, and people feeling like they can come to the meeting and there’s people they can talk to has made a difference,” she said.

“It means a lot when people know that the support is there, it can make a big difference.”



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