Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, who has been appointed to the committee, said the experiences of professionals and residents in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury who have suffered the dual events of bushfires and Covid would provide useful insight for the inquiry. Templeman candidly stated: “People have experienced isolation, job loss and financial stress, as well as several mental health support providers telling me that demand for their services has skyrocketed. Just this weekend, two local services have told me about the demand in their areas for suicide crisis support rising sharply, and another service says demand on their team is up 300 per cent from pre-fires.
“As a member of this committee, I will be helping to review the findings of several reports into mental health – including the recent Productivity Commission Inquiry and the newly released Victorian Royal Commission – and also looking at mental health and suicide prevention initiatives that have been rolled out successfully, from grassroots services to international programs. We can all agree with the age old saying that goes “You can’t pour from an empty cup”, well, that starts with maintaining positive attributes to an individuals mental health.
Susan Templeman has taken great strides to ensure the residents of the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains are well equipped for any challenges they may face with a smile and a cheerful disposition.
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