Tue Oct 8, 2013
Kwik Kopy has taken a stand against mental health discrimination by awarding a franchise to a mental health service provider.
Not-for-profit group RichmondPRA took over the Surry Hills centre in August. The Sydney business will be expected to turn a profit just like every other franchise.
It is intended that about half of the company's staff will eventually consist of people who have a mental illness, and that about a dozen such workers will be employed at the centre each year, according to Kwik Kopy.
The workers will go through a pre-employment support program and will gradually be integrated into the business.
The scheme will help them "build new social networks" and "side-step the isolation and stigmatism that often goes with mental illness".
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