Local mental health treatment centre focuses on dignity
IT'S World Mental Health Week and this Saturday is World Mental Health Day.
Mental Health Week also coincides with the first anniversary of Myocum-based Nungkari Treatment Centre which now has approval to increase residential client numbers from five to 12 people.
The founders of the centre, David Godden and Kylie Beattie, believe the remedy for substance abuse and mental disorders can be found in an integrative holistic approach that merges orthodox methods with complementary holistic therapies.
"With this increase in places we can offer more people access to our programs and therapists at half the cost, making it far more affordable and accessible to those needing help," Ms Beattie said.
Nungkari will celebrate its founding today with special guest young hip-hop artist Philly, who won this year's National Indigenous Music Award New Talent of the Year.
Philly is also known for his work delivering workshops across the country mentoring Aboriginal youth about mental health.
An estimated 7.3 million Australians aged between 16 and 85 will experience a mental health-related disorder in their lifetime.
The most common mental illnesses are depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders.