Liverpool’s Flowerdale Cottage Educates Cumberland School Children On Mental Health

Tue Oct 3, 2017

Liverpool’s Flowerdale Cottage is opening its doors to school students from across the Cumberland and South-western Sydney to raise awareness during Mental Health Month (October).

With a theme of “Sharing the Journey,” the one-off free information day will be one of the region’s leading Mental Health Month initiatives.

Primary and High School students will be given insight to the signs and symptoms of mental health issues at a series of information sessions, enabling students to have better conversations about mental health and enable help to be sought if required.

Presenters with vast experience from the mental health sector will be on hand to share information on topics ranging from the importance of community participation, family and friendship networks, physical health and drug and alcohol support.

“School students are as vulnerable as anyone else in the community when it comes to mental health issues,” Flowerdale Cottage Manager Kathy Molnar-Simpson said.

“A school-aged person might, for example, be feeling down or withdrawn for long periods of time and not realise they have a mental health issue.

“Or there might be mental issues at home that young people need to deal with.

“The more we can do to educate students on the signs and symptoms of mental health issues the better.

“We want to encourage young people to talk to their friends if something doesn’t seem right.

“Most mental health problems can be dealt with and those with a lived experience can often enjoy fulfilling lives if they get the right help at the right time.”

Ms Molnar-Simpson added that one in four people in the community will have a lived experience of a mental health issue at any given time, and one in two during their life.

Run by foremost community-based mental health support provider Flourish Australia, Flowerdale Cottage is a landmark local mental health centre providing day-to-day living support for hundreds of people with severe and persistent mental health issues. It also offers mental health support under the Commonwealth Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Local schools requiring more information should contact Kathy Molnar-Simpson on 9393 9152.

The information day will be on Tuesday 17 October from 10.00am – 3.00pm. Media outlets are welcome to attend and conduct interviews.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Matthew Watson 0417 691 884 OR Kathy Molnar Simpson 0408 765 838

Flourish Australia is a not-for-profit organisation providing support programs, employment, accommodation and hope for more than 5,000 people with mental health issues in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for 60 years.