LikeMind Orange in the news: Complete Mental Health Care At LikeMind Centre

Extract from Central Western Daily:

A ONE-STOP hub for mental health treatment is hoped to cut the number of people admitted into full time care.

NSW Minister for Mental Health Pru Goward visited Orange on Wednesday to open the LikeMind Centre in Kite Street, the first non-pilot centre of its kind in the state.

The centre will focus on complete care, with services including mental health care, drug and alcohol services, employment and training support, housing assistance, GPs, psychologists and social workers.

Those who attend will be triaged and assessed, with a care plan developed for them.

In partnership with the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD), the centre will be operated by Aftercare, which was founded by Banjo Paterson’s cousin, Emily Paterson, in 1907.

Octec, Housing Plus, the Lyndon Community and Mission Australia will be among the other organisations working from the centre.

Aftercare chief executive officer John Malone said the organisation’s focus had not changed in 109 years.

“If you go back to the early days, people needed a train ticket or a pair of boots or a job, people still the same thing – a place to live and some company to enjoy their lives,” he said.

“It’s for people to feel they belong and they’re not alone and they’ve got a place to go.”

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