Janita Cooper listens to talk from the floor at a meeting at the Grafton District Services Club held to discuss what can be done about mental health issues in the Clarence Valley.
Janita Cooper listens to talk from the floor at a meeting at the Grafton District Services Club held to discuss what can be done about mental health issues in the Clarence Valley. Adam Hourigan

OUR SAY: It’s time to get involved in mental health

A TRAUMATISED and grieving community was on display at Monday's meeting called to discussed issues surrounding mental health services and people taking their own lives.

People came from across the Clarence Valley, which has been left numbed by a number of recent deaths.

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There were harrowing tales of experiences with suicides, and people's attempts to take their life, and frustration at not being able to find support when it was needed.

From what I heard, the most frustrating actions seem to be when people are turned away from health services.

The meeting would have been cathartic for many there as they had the chance to air their concerns, but the challenge now is to make the next step meaningful.

Organiser Janita Cooper has ideas of more forums and helping more young people get access to services that might be brought to the Valley.

The Daily Examiner is committed to doing whatever it can to lead and help find a way to ease the problems many in the Valley are facing because of mental health.

At a most basic level we are going to attempt to spread the word about what services are already available in the region, and we will back the efforts of those wanting more and better services.

Mark McGrath from CRANES had the advice we should all be ready to follow - "Get passionate, get real and get involved."

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