Benalla Letter to the Editor Mental health

Benalla let down on mental health

01 June 2017

Thursday 1 June 2017

The Editor
As Addressed

This year’s State Budget did not just let down Benalla residents because it failed to deliver any funding for the district.   It let down
Benalla residents because it ignored our critical need for improved mental health support services.

I took the opportunity in Parliament recently to let Mental Health Minister Martin Foley know my thoughts on this.  I reminded
him that in March last year I asked him to conduct an urgent review of mental health services in Benalla to ensure that they were
meeting community needs.

I find it so disheartening that this year’s budget actually provided more money to the rorting member for Melton than it did to mental
health service provision across the Euroa electorate. That is despite calls from across the community for additional support.

In Benalla, as is the case with most towns in the Euroa electorate, options are very limited for people seeking mental health support
and at the end of this month, funding for Ivan Lister, who has been doing exceptional work in the community as an outreach worker,
will come to an end.

While I will continue to beat the drum, the more voices we can add to the cause the more the government will be forced to pay

May I encourage anyone who believes this need is important to join me in the fight by considering writing to Minister Foley
and the Premier. 

Steph Ryan MP
Member for Euroa
Deputy Leader of The Nationals









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