Mentally Fit EP funding promise

FUNDING: Jo Clark and Lain Montgomerie say the $100,000 a year for five years would help grow the Mentally Fit EP program.
FUNDING: Jo Clark and Lain Montgomerie say the $100,000 a year for five years would help grow the Mentally Fit EP program.

A $500,000 funding commitment from SA Best would allow Mentally Fit EP to establish counselling services in smaller communities and increase its Take Charge of Your Life service delivery.

SA Best regional spokesperson Sam Johnson said the party would help fund the Mentally Fit EP program to the tune of $100,000 a year for five years, if he was elected and the party won the balance of power at this weekend’s state election.

West Coast Youth and Community Support (WCYCS) chief executive officer Joanne Clark and community development officer Lain Montgomerie said they were pleased Mr Johnson was able see the importance of Mentally Fit EP.

The funding would provide counselling services for smaller communities on the EP, provide local triage phone support for people who struggle to navigate mental health care and would fund six Take Charge of Your Life programs a year.

“We see mental fitness as a health issue and as such believe it should be funded by the government,” Ms Clark said. 

“This pledge has the potential to open up discussions and we hope will contribute to making these conversations more effective than they have been in the past.”

Mrs Montgomerie said they could not thank Mr Johnson enough for visiting Port Lincoln and listening and showing a “genuine” interest in Mentally Fit EP.

Mr Johnson said Mentally Fit EP was an “outstanding initiative” having a life-changing impact on people’s lives.

“SA Best’s funding commitment…will not only ensure funding continues for the people it currently provides support for but will also allow WCYCS to expand its services.”