Flourish through hardship | Blacktown Sun

Thu Sep 22, 2016

Seven years ago, Donna Maki didn’t see a way forward.

Escaping a violent partner in New Zealand, she came to Australia with no money, no support, and struggling with mental health issues.

Now Ms Maki is giving back to the organisation that helped her – and encouraging others to do the same.

Formerly known as RichmondPRA, Flourish Australia helps mothers get support for mental health issues. It is one of the few programs in the country where mothers can receive 24-hour care without being separated from their children.

Blacktown is home to six villas where mums can stay with their kids for up to six months while they receive treatment and support, and get connected with services.

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