Mental Health gets a boost on the Bellarine Peninsula

Mental health services are set to get a much-needed boost on the Bellarine Peninsula with an urgent $30,000 grant made by the Geelong Community Foundation today. The grant will help secure a Youth Psychologist position at the Bellarine Community Health Drysdale youth services site.

Gail Rodgers, the Geelong Community Foundation’s CEO said today “We are living in unprecedented times. Local agencies such as Bellarine Community Health, Lifeline and Headspace are reporting increased demand for mental health services in Geelong. In November last year we gave a grant for $20,000 to trial this service. As a result, we have decided to give another grant to help ensure this position can now become permanent and secure Government funding in the future.”

Shane Dawson, CEO of Bellarine Community Health said “We are very grateful for this help, now more than ever! The timely assistance of the Geelong Community Foundation has ensured we can deliver crucial services to young people seeking psychological support, reduce waiting times and provide extra sessions beyond normal limits. This appointment would not have been possible without this support.”

Gail Rodgers added “Our grant-making focus has shifted to emergency mode, to ensure funding is directed to areas most impacted by COVID19, including mental health, food security and isolation.”

The Geelong Community Foundation has a corpus of over $25 million. Income derived from this has funded over $8.7 million in community grants since 2001.

To support the Foundation, go to Geelong Community Foundation

If you or a loved one need help, contact:

–  Bellarine Community Health                5253 0400
–  Headspace Geelong on                           5222 6690
–  Headspace                                                1800 650 890
–  Kids Helpline                                           1800 551 800
–  Lifeline Australia                                    13 11 14
–  Barwon Health Jigsaw triage               1300 094 187

or visit    Head to Health (Australian Government -Department of Health – mental health resources page)