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9 March, 2021

News signs to help those in need reach out

The Gilgandra community now has a number of Mental Health Line signs placed around town thanks to a collaboration between the hospital committee, Gilgandra Multi-Purpose Service and Gilgandra Community Bank® Bendigo Bank.

By Telden Nelson

Pictured with the new signage outside of Gilgandra Multi-Purpose Service is Gilgandra Community Bank® Bendigo Bank’s Nathan Tuena, Gilgandra High School’s Madeline Foran, acting health services manager Frank Ware, chairman of the health committee Laurie McGrath and acting nurse manager Mele Kaufusi.

Three signs have been placed around the Gilgandra township so that anyone who is struggling knows exactly who to reach out to. Acting health services manager Frank Ware said that given recent events, this signage could help the community a great deal.

“Everyone is quite aware of the importance of mental health within a community, especially within our rural communities. Just based on what we’ve been through lately, let alone with COVID,” said Mr Ware. 

“Not everyone knows where to reach out to when they need help, so a number of signs have been placed around the community so people know that they can reach out,” he said.

“I’m currently out at Coonamble and there have been a number of community members from there that have driven through Gilgandra and seen the signs and they’ve said it’s a wonderful idea.” The signage was fully funded by the Gilgandra Community Bank® Bendigo Bank.

President of the board for the Community Bank®, Julie Prout, said they were “pleased to be associated with” promoting the importance of mental health.

“With so much going on in our daily lives, we never know when we might need additional support,” said Mrs Prout.

“This is just another way the local Community Bank® board gives back to our community,” she said.

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